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Green Paper: public access to documents held by institutions of the European Community, a review

COM (2007) 185 of 18.4.2007

In the present consultation document, the Commission first takes stock of the existing rules governing the public right of access to documents and their implementation, then outlines some options for improving the legislation and practical measures aimed at offering better access to documents of the institutions.

The public is invited to comment on the regime for obtaining access to documents of the European institutions and also to react to the options set out in this Paper. Through the questionnaire, the Commission is seeking the views of citizens, including civil society organisations, economic operators, public authorities and other organisations with an interest in European affairs.

The public consultation starts with the publication of this Green Paper and will last for three months. The Commission intends to analyse carefully the responses received, and will publish a report summarising the outcome of this public consultation and outlining follow-up action.

On the basis of this report, the Commission will submit proposals for amending Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.

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