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Monday, 11 January 2010

Parliament pushes for all EU documents to be made public

EU access to documents laws should be widened to cover all European institutions, bodies and agencies following the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, MEPs said on the 17th December, criticising the European Commission for failing to update the rules. In a resolution adopted at its Strasbourg plenary (16th December), the European Parliament expressed concern that "in spite of the clear requests" it made last spring, "the Commission has not put forward a modified version of its draft law". Commenting after the vote, Finnish MEP Heidi Hautala, Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur on the issue and co-author of the resolution, said "the Parliament has sent a strong message to the Commission that it will not tolerate any backward steps on public access to documents and the transparency of EU decision-making". Back in March, MEPs approved a report drafted by UK Labour MEP Michael Cashman regarding the revision of a 2001 regulation on the right of public access to EU documents.

Source: Euractiv