With the entry into force last year of both the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and of the Internal Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, the European Commission has at its disposal a comprehensive legal framework for public access to documents and privacy rules. Since the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 1049/2001, EU citizens can access documents in the possession of the EU Commission, such as the correspondence of Commissioners and their Cabinets and much more, but now can they fully benefit from a robust personal data protection. It is therefore no longer needed for Commissioner Malmström to publish most of her correspondence, because all of her correspondence is now subject to access to documents requests by EU citizens in full compliance with EU law.

Such requests for access to documents can be filled in via:

a) the form available at the link below:


b) sent by email to:


c) sent by email to DG Trade



Link to the Regulation on public access to EU institutional documents


Link to GDPR:


Link to the IDPR: