The European access to documents legislation is to change... for the better?
The European Commission on April 30 proposed to amend the regulation on access to documents held by the EU institutions. Some NGOs are very critical of the proposal.
This follows a public consultation in 2007, to which the Civil Society Contact Group contributed. Statewatch, an NGO working to defend civil liberties, is critical of the proposal from the European Commission: Statewatch considers that the Commission hasnât taken into consideration many of the problems raised by civil society and the European Parliament. Statewatch considers the proposal as âhighly retrogressiveâ:
- the definition of document would become more restrictive referring to legislative and recorded documents only
- the definition of rules for all other documents would be left to each EU institution individually
- the general principle that all documents in the public register should be as far as possible directly accessible, would be deleted.