Democracy and participation

The right to know, a right for all


Who is behind this?

Luisa Izuzquiza

Access Info Europe


Who is joining forces?

The Godd Lobby


University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law


The project will help the organizations to strength collaboration among civil society actors across europe: Academics, Activist and lawyers with European experience on Access to information

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

What happens when you use your right of Access to Information (Freedom of Information) to ask a government body for information and you get a refusal? We will provide people with a digital platform containing an accessible collection of legal arguments and provide training and tips to civil society and activists on how to use these legal arguments to successfully challenge refusals from the EU Insitutitions.

Where will your idea take place?

Madrid, Spain and Brussels, Belgium.

Why does Europe need your idea?

This project will make the EU more open. Good data can help fight fake news. And information improves the quality of public debate. By helping people use their right to know, obtain information and use it, we will directly contribute to strengthening European democracy now and in the future.

What is your impact?

Citizens and public watchdogs will feel more confident in using legal arguments to defend the right to obtain information from EU institutions. With information people can participate in debate about Europe.

How do you get there?

Working with lawyers with expert in EU law and jurisprudence we will develop strong legal arguments in an accessible format, that everyone can to put into requests for information and in appeals to challenge refusals. The arguments will be accessible via the request platform, which already has thousands of requests for information. We will organise workshops for human rights activists and journalists from around Europe, and provide training and tips on how to use these arguments.

What is your story?

We are Luisa, Alba, and Helen activists and frequent information requesters. Not being a lawyers, we understand how people feel intimidated when receiving refusals full of case law citations. We will use our experience and networks of lawyers to make it easier for people to challenge refusals.

Who are you doing it for?

Human rights activists, researchers, journalist, watchdogs, NGOs around Europe, current or future requesters of information, who need information to participate in public debate, to hold governments into account, and to exercise their role as public watchdogs and defend human rights.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would be really interested to know about the access to information challenges being faced by other activists across Europe.


Luisa Izuzquiza

Helen Darbishire

Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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