“Sometimes I get the feeling that they put all of these barriers so that you just give up. But this pushes me more, it motivates me to continue” – Interview with Nikolaj Nielsen

Nikolaj Nielsen is a Danish-born journalist who has been working at the EUobserver since 2012.

Alejandra: Thanks for taking the time in talking to us, Nikolaj! We first wanted to ask you about the most relevant or interesting information you have obtained via this platform. Could you talk to us about it? read more

Ma Dada: a new online service for access to information requests in France

Friday 25 October 2019 – Open Knowledge France, the local group of the Cambridge-based NGO Open Knowledge Foundation, with the support of Access Info Europe, launches madada.fr, an online service aiming to simplify requests for access to information in France.

The main objective of Ma Dada platform is to help researchers, companies, journalists, associations or citizens who wish to exercise their right of access to public information, in a free, open-access service. read more

The Tale of EDRi’s Fight for Transparency in the EU Internet Forum

Chapter One: The dark knights at a secret meeting

It was the beginning of the year 2014 when the European Commission first announced the creation of an “EU Internet Forum.” But it would take almost two years and several meetings before its official launch on 3 December 2015.

The Forum’s mission: to “counter terrorist content and hate speech online.” read more

AsktheEU.org and the EU Institutions: The Challenge of running an Alaveteli Request Platform

Madrid, 22 May 2015 – Following AlaveteliCon 2015 in Madrid on 19-20 May, Access Info Europe’s director Helen Darbishire, reflects on 3.5 years of running the AsktheEU.org website for making documents requests to the European Union.

In particular she notes the successes, challenges and lessons learned about the relationship with the EU Institutions and public officials. read more

Message to AsktheEU.org Users – Latest news and server transfer

Dear Users and Potential Users of AsktheEU.org

First of all, thanks to all our users and all those who have collaborated with AsktheEU.org in the first three years of our existence. AsktheEU.org has become and will continue to serve as an important platform for increasing the transparency of the EU institutions by permitting citizens to make access to documents requests to EU bodies and publishing the answer to those requests online. read more

New Features Launched on Redesigned AsktheEU.org

Three New Transparency Campaigns Focus on the Demand for More Access to EU Documents

Madrid, 29 September 2014 – Access Info Europe has launched a new version of the request platform AsktheEU.org, which now includes special features to help civil society organisations campaign to get access to EU documents, in celebration of International Right to Know Day on 28 September. read more

Attempts to block citizens’ requests via AsktheEU.org

The European Commission is impeding the public’s right to submit access to documents requests via the AsktheEU.org web portal by refusing to register requests which are not accompanied by a postal address.

AsktheEU.org, which is run by Access Info Europe, was launched in September 2011 with the aim of making the requesting process more transparent. It is set up to work via email, with requests and responses published online in real time. Hence it does not currently have the capacity to deliver postal addresses without making them public. read more

AsktheEU.org Report on Council of the European Union: Transparency problems exposed

Madrid/Brussels, 19 May 2014 – The Council of the EU is failing to comply with EU transparency rules by not respecting time frames for responding, applying too many extensions to requests, and not informing all requesters of their right to appeal when information is denied, according to a report published today by Access Info Europe. read more