COMMUNIA Association for the Public Domain

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

4 Fte (7)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    COMMUNIA Association for the Public Domain

    EU Transparency Register

    003277719548-45 First registered on 16 Nov 2015

    Goals / Remit

    COMMUNIA advocates for policies that expand the public domain and increase access to and reuse of culture and knowledge. We seek to limit the scope of exclusive copyright to sensible proportions that do not place unnecessary restrictions on access and use.

    The COMMUNIA International Association on the public domain is a network of activists, researchers and practitioners from universities, NGOs and SME established in 10 Member States. The mission of COMMUNIA is to foster, strengthen and enrich the Public Domain. COMMUNIA is an international association incorporated under Belgian law. The COMMUNIA association is built on the eponymous Thematic Network, funded by the European Commission from 2007 to 2011, which issued the Public Domain Manifesto and gathered over 50 members from academia and civil society researching and promoting the digital public domain in Europe and worldwide.

    Main EU files targeted

    All policy initiatives in the field of copyright and related rights, especially in relation to the digital environment.


    Head Office
    Rue Belliard 12
    Brussels 1040
    EU Office
    Rue Belliard 12
    Brussels 1040


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 14 Jul 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Leander NIELBOCK 31 May 2023 31 May 2024
    Paul KELLER 29 Feb 2020 27 Feb 2021
    Ms Teresa Isabel RAPOSO NOBRE 25 Jan 2020 01 Feb 2021
    Paul KELLER 21 Mar 2019 01 Jan 2020
    Anna MAZGAL 23 Nov 2016 22 Nov 2017

    Complementary Information

    COMMUNIA has three full-time staffers, a policy director, a legal director and a policy advisor (3x100% FTEs). In addition, there is a core team of members of the association who contribute to COMMUNIA's activities as volunteers on a regular basis, adding up to around four FTEs of around 25%.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    We are a member of the Access to Knowledge Coalition (A2K Coalition,

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Grants, Member's contributions

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Arcadia Fund 157,000€
    Contribution OSF 45,140€

    Other financial info

    As of July 2022, COMMUNIA is receiving structural funding from the UK philanthropic organisation Arcadia - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The funding is scheduled to run for eight years and amounts to 3.000.000€ in total ( In 2022, the annual budget amounted to €202.940.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    None declared

    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    We occasionally organize events and workshops and participate in events and workshops organized by other stakeholders. We regularly publish on our own website and on social media.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    1 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    1 July 2024: We have noted that some meetings are appearing in duplicate, ie. some meetings seem to be listed twice. This seems to be because the Commission changes some element of a meeting data after the meeting has first been listed, which causes LobbyFacts to register it as a new meeting. We are investigating further.

    • Date 22 Oct 2021 Location Videoconference
      Subject Launch of the dialogue on availability and access to audio-visual content
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton
      Portfolio Internal Market
      • Thierry Breton (Commissioner)
      • Agnieszka Skonieczna (Cabinet member)
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