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Review of the rules on access to documents
The Green Paper  

The Commission has launched a consultation on the review of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The Green Paper is the starting point for this consultation, which will allow any interested person, individual citizen, non governmental organisation, association, economic operator, public authority or any other organisation to have a say on this issue.

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This website provides all the information you need to take part in the consultation. You can download key reference documents for the consultation.

  • The Green Paper takes stock of the implementation of the Regulation and outlines some options for improving the legislation and practical measures aimed at offering the public better and easier access to the documents held by the institutions and agencies. You are invited to reply to the questions associated with the different options.
  • Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, which defines the principles and limits of the public right of access to documents of these three institutions. This Regulation will be revised on the basis of contributions received through the present consultation.

You can find links to additional information via the button Useful links on the left-hand menu.

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This consultation opens on 18 Avril and closes on 31 July 2007. By clicking on the button Submit your Contribution, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to send your contributions. Please take the time first to read the following important guidelines carefully:

  • Note for private citizens: your contribution will only be published on this website if you give explicit permission for your name to appear as author of the text.
  • Note for organisations: please make sure that the name of your organisation appears on the first page of your contribution so that it can be easily attributed to your organisation. Please indicate also the type of organisation (NGO, professional, body, ...) and the level of representation (European, national, regional or local).
  • If you are not a Microsoft Word user, you can download a PDF document and copy the text of your contribution into that file.
Your contributions will be published in due course on this website under the section Read the contributions.

The consultation is subject to data privacy rules. A privacy policy statement specifies how your personal data will be used. The Commission will publish comments received on this website in the format in which they are received. These should therefore not contain confidential information.

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The Commission will analyse the results of this consultation in a report to be published on this website. The report will present a summary of the results. Please be aware that the Commission will not respond to interested parties individually about their contributions.

On the basis of this consultation, the Commission will consider possible amendments to Regulation 1049/2001 aimed at enhancing transparency in the European institutions.

Thank you for your interest in the consultation process. We look forward to receiving your contribution. You can continue to navigate on this site from the top of the page.
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Green Paper

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Regulation n° 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and the Council
of 30 may 2001
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