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Right to Know Day

September 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Right to Know Day, Brussels, 28th September 2017

Organising parties:

ITCO intergroup, supported by Access Info Europe and AntiCor Belgium

Mission and objectives:

It is our mission to host an event in Brussels that brings together Freedom of Information (FOI) advocates from across Europe. The main objectives of this event will be:

  •   To celebrate Right To Know Day which is held on 28th September each year, by raising awareness about the right of access to information and sharing inspiring stories of FOI from around Europe
  •   To compare good and bad practices when it comes to Freedom of Information in different jurisdictions including the EU
  •      To share and discuss common challenges for FOI in different jurisdictions around Europe and the EU, and ways forward to overcome these
  •      To produce a common statement or call that identifies key areas in which more transparency is required – at both EU and national level – which will then be sent to MEPs, the Commission and the Member States
  •   To share and discuss challenges and successes of running Alaveteli Freedom of Information or other online FOI platforms, and to identify techniques for increasing the impact of existing platforms, including through the development of new features.


Draft agenda

9:00 – 18:30, European Parliament, Room P1A002

Organised by the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime (ITCO)

Interpretation into French and German will be provided*

9:00 – 9:15 | Welcome speech: Benedek Jávor, MEP Greens/EFA Group, ITCO bureau member

9:15 – 10:30 | Transparency at both EU and Member State level: Challenges and Success Stories

Moderator: tbc

Participants (MAX 10 mins each):

– Claude Archer, Anticor/

– Representative from the MEPs Project TBC

– Helen Darbishire, Access Info Europe

+ Flash presentations of max 5 minutes for whoever requests the floor

10:30 – 11:00 | Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15 | The way forward: Increasing transparency in the EU institutions and Member States. What needs to be done?


Moderator: Monica Macovei, MEP ECR Group, ITCO bureau member, tbc

– Chiara Malasomma, Head of Unit, European Parliament Transparency Unit TBC

– Representative of European Ombudsman’s Office

– European Commission, transparency unit, TBC

– Carl Dolan/Daniel Freund, TI EU TBC

+ Flash presentations of max 5 minutes for whoever requests the floor


12:15 – 12:30 | Closing Elly Schlein, MEP for the S&D Group, co-President of the ITCO intergroup, tbc


—— Second half of the day, invitation only —–

14:30 – 16:00 | Break-out sessions to discuss future pan-European freedom of information campaigns. Participants will be able to propose specific sessions on the day as well.


Session 1: Led by Anticor Belgium (using Alaveteli, tracking the spending of EU structural funds)

Room A1H1 (booked from 14:00 – 18:30). 30 pax.


Session 2: tbc

Room A7F387 (booked all day)


Session 3: Led by Access Info Europe (Decision Making Transparency)

Room A4F384 (booked from 14:00 – 18:30). 40 pax.


16:00 – 17:30 | Feedback from the breakout sessions, discussion of draft statement on “Key transparency challenges at EU and Member State level”

17:30 – 18:30 | Agreement on final statement on “Key transparency challenges at EU and Member State level” and closing of the event, Dennis de Jong, co-chair of the ITCO intergroup


September 28, 2017
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Event Tags:


EP intergroup on Integrity, Corruption and Organised Crime (ITCO)


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