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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 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

3.8 Fte (8)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    epicenter.works - Plattform Grundrechtspolitik   (epicenter.works)

    EU Transparency Register

    881375334337-75 First registered on 28 Mar 2019

    Goals / Remit

    "epicenter.works for digital rights" is an Austria-based fundamental rights NGO with a focus on privacy and freedom of speech on the internet. Formerly known as the Working Group on Data Retention Austria (AKVorrat) the organisation succeeded with its complaint in the in the Court of Justice of the European Union that lead to the abolishment of the EU Data Retention Directive in 2014. It also played a leading role in the political debate on net neutrality protections in the EU via the campaign SaveTheInternet.eu. The aim of the organisation is to protect fundamental rights online and offline. To this end, epicenter.works closely follows legislative processes on the national and EU level, and provides tools to empower citizens to make their voices heard. 

    Main EU files targeted

    - Open Internet Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 / Net Neutrality / Telecom Act?
    - digital euro 2023/0212 (COD)
    - legal tender of euro banknotes and coins 2023/0208 (COD)
    - Reform of the eIDAS Regulation 2021/0136(COD) / digital identity
    - EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU) 2021/953
    - CSA Regulation 2022/0155(COD)
    - Digital Services Act (EU) 2022/1925
    - Digital Markets Act (EU) 2022/2065
    - Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (EU) 2019/790
    - ePrivacy Regulation 2017/0003(COD)


    Head Office
    Linke Wienzeile 12/19
    Wien 1060
    EU Office
    Linke Wienzeile 12/19
    Wien 1060


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    2 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 19 Apr 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Hannes STUMMER 30 Aug 2023 29 Aug 2024
    Thomas LOHNINGER 25 Aug 2023 24 Jul 2024
    Ms Maria LOHMANN 23 Sep 2023 02 Dec 2023
    Mr Hannes STUMMER 30 Aug 2023 15 Apr 2024
    Mr Thomas LOHNINGER 25 Aug 2023 15 Apr 2024
    Ms Tanja Fachathaler 01 Sep 2022 01 Sep 2023
    Mr Thomas LOHNINGER 01 Sep 2022 01 Aug 2023
    Mr Thomas LOHNINGER 12 Mar 2020 12 Mar 2021
    Ms Lisa SEIDL 12 Mar 2020 12 Mar 2021
    Mr Thomas LOHNINGER 18 Apr 2019 12 Mar 2020
    Ms Angelika ADENSAMER 18 Apr 2019 05 Mar 2020
    Mr Bernhard HAYDEN 18 Apr 2019 18 Apr 2020

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    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



    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    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 contribution, Donations

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Open Society Foundation 256,337€
    Contribution Chamber for Workers Lower Austria 65,986€

    Other financial info

    More detailed financial information available here: https://en.epicenter.works/transparency

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)

    Artificial intelligence and digital

    Communication activities

    * Advocacy work for Fundamental Rights
    * Participatory campaigns (e.g. www.pledge2019.eu, www.savetheinternet.eu)
    * Evaluation of implementation and enforcement efforts for European legislation (e.g. https://en.epicenter.works/document/1522)
    * Publication of Policy proposals (e.g. https://platformregulation.eu/)

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    4 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: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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