Friday 3 July 2009

European Union: Public access to documents

The Commission has published a report on public access to documents: Report from the Commission on the application in 2008 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (Brussels, 2.7.2009 COM(2009) 331 final).

The legislative process to amend Regulation 1409/2001 continues, so the report has a certain relevance to the discussions in the Council and the European Parliament. The report contains references to the cases handled by the European Ombudsman and decided by the Court of first instance. It contains a summary of reasons clarified by the Court of first instance.

A statistical annex concludes the 18 page report on a subject relevant to openness and transparency in the institutions of the European Union.

Ralf Grahn

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