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

Show your Support for Transparency of Sugar Industry Lobbying!

Did you know, there are over 30,000 professional lobbyists in Brussels (second only to Washington D.C.), and yet there is no mandatory lobby register to check how they influence policies that impact our daily lives?

Proposals to introduce consumer-friendly labels on food were dropped in 2010 by EU institutions, yet the current situation means citizens do not have a clear picture of why this happened and the impact of lobbyists on the proposals! read more

Join the Campaign to make the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Transparent!

The biggest free trade deal in the world, between the EU and the US is being conducted in secrecy behind closed doors, right now!

We, citizens of the EU and US, are being shut out from these negotiations about future rules which will govern our daily lives, including the quality of our food, consumer protection, and chemicals safety, despite EU treaties saying “Decisions shall be taken as openly and as closely as possible to the citizen.” 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

“If there is something you have always wanted to know, why not ask?” – Interview with Vicky Cann

Vicky Cann is a campaigner for Corporate Europe Observatory, a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and lobby groups in EU policy making. Vicky makes access to documents requests through AsktheEU.org to expose potential conflicts of interest or highlight where the EU revolving door rules have not been followed. She spoke to Andreas Pavlou of Access Info Europe about her experiences. read more

Join the Campaign to make EU Commissioner Expenses Transparent!

The EU Commission spend millions of Euros a year on the salaries, office and travel expenses of EU Commissioners, but citizens have no way of knowing exactly how this money is spent.

The EU Commission argues that this information should be withheld to protect the personal privacy of the Commissioners, even though their flights, accommodation, and security are public expenses that are used for carrying out their public functions! 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