About Access Info Europe
Access Info Europe is a human rights organisation established in Madrid in 2006 and dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information.
Access Info runs a range of projects designed to leverage the right to information in order to increase participation and accountability, to defend human rights, and to advance democracy.
Activities include a mix of research and monitoring, standard-setting, law reform campaigns, and strategic litigation. Access Info also provides support and training for civil society and journalists. We have contributed to developing civil society activism on transparency in Europe, building a network of national organisations dedicated to securing increased transparency in practice.
In order to secure greater transparency of public decision making, we focus on a range of thematic areas including human rights (extraordinary rendition, policing of protests, detention and control of migrants), spending of public funds, company registers, media ownership transparency, and environmental issues. Control of lobbying is another strategic priority, which we do through campaigns for stronger standards and new laws, as well as by obtaining information on lobbying activities.
As well as our successful national campaigns at the national level, transparency of the European Union is a priority. Access Info Europe has won a case against the Council of the EU at the European Court of Justice, has successfully fought against attempts to weaken the EU’s transparency rules, and regularly helps journalists and civil society organisations obtain EU documents. The AsktheEU.org platform encourages the public to request information about how the EU works.
We run the RTI Rating, which measures the strength of access to information laws and is widely used as an advocacy tool.
Our support to journalists includes the Legal Leaks Toolkit – available in an international and 13 national language versions – has been used by journalists across Europe.
Access Info Europe is also actively engaged in the Open Government Partnership and its director Helen Darbishire is a member of the OGP Steering Committee.