Public access to documents

To help citizens to obtain information about the work of the European Commission and to gain access to documents held by it, the Commission makes a large number of documents available online.

Types of documents available

Official documents and publications

You can also search for official documents produced by the Commission (and other EU institutions), or get access to EU publications.

Legislative documents

Alternatively, if you are looking for documents produced by the Commission while drawing up EU legislation, you can consult EUR-Lex and lawmaking procedure.

Documents on EU institutional issues

The DORIE database contains documents from 1946 until today. It includes content relating to institutional issues and intergovernmental conferences that have made changes to the founding treaties.

Search the DORIE database

Register of Commission documents

The register contains a number of documents, with a focus on legislative documents, as well as agendas and minutes of Commission meetings. It includes documents produced since 1 January 2001.

Search the Commission's register of documents

Register of Parliament and Council documents

Other institutions also provide public access to their registers of documents:

Search the Parliament's register of documents

Search the Council's register of documents

Documents more than 30 years old

The historical archives contain documents dating back over 30 years. 

Search the historical archives

Learn more about the Commission's archival policy

Open data

You might also find what you are looking for by consulting the open data portal.

Staff and recruitment documents

Access to EPSO recruitment files or to the personal files of Commission staff is regulated by specific access rights. Applicants wishing to obtain access to their own files in these areas are advised to contact EPSO or DG HR directly.

European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)

General information

If you're looking for general information about the European Commission, Europe Direct can help you find what you need quickly. 

You can reach Europe Direct by phone, using a toll-free number that works from any EU country: 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11. The lines are open between 09:00 and 18:00. 

Email - (reply within 3 working days)

Make a document request

‚ÄčEuropean citizens have a right to request access to documents held by the European institutions. To help them exercise this right, the European Commission makes a large number of documents available online in the Commission register.

Sometimes, documents are listed in the register but are unpublished. You can use this electronic form to request a document.

Request a Commission document

Privacy statement

When can a request be refused?

The Commission has the right to refuse access to documents which, if disclosed, would harm one or several of the public or private interests listed in Regulation 1049/2001.

Please note that some Commission documents may be covered in whole, or in part, by the exceptions to public access defined in the regulation.

According to the Courts, a general presumption of non-disclosure applies for documents relating to

  • ongoing EU pilot procedures
  • ongoing infringement and audit cases
  • state aid cases
  • competition cases; documents sent by national competition authorities
  • merger cases
  • fraud (OLAF) investigations
  • court cases
  • bids submitted by other tenderers in a procurement procedure
  • grant proposals submitted by other candidates
  • written questions asked in staff selection procedures