Article 255 of the treaty establishing the European Community, implemented through Regulation 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001, grants a right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents to any Union citizen and to any natural or legal person residing, or having its registered office, in a Member State.
As part of the review process of Regulation 1049/2001, the Commission has published a report on the results of the public consultation. This report is available on the dedicated website "Review of the rules on access to documents".
This site will guide you in the search for Commission documents.
The Guide explains how to exercise your right of access.
The Registers of documents will help you to identify documents that could be relevant to your search. A first page presents categories of documents, related to various activities of the Commission. Clicking on one of those categories will give you a list of references and, in a number of cases, direct access to the full text of documents. The register of internal documents will also provide access to the websites of the responsible departments.
You may access directly the Organisation chart of the Directorates-general and other services of the Commission.
You may also obtain the text of the legal acts on public access.
Links have been created with the websites of the other institutions, the European Parliament and the Council, as well as to Member State rules on access.