Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
Opening closed doors: Council says access to documents in EU on the rise
The Council has released figures according to which the request for access to meeting papers has doubled since the entry into force of the 'access to documents' Directive in 2001.
Just over a year after the new regulation on access to EU documents came into place, Council members have passed a positive judgement on the effect of the rule in enhancing the transparency of the Union, while journalists and Member State officials still voice criticism. The number of requests for access to EU Council of Ministers documents has doubled to 2, 394 since the entry into force of the legislation and 80 per cent of these demands have resulted in full disclosure, the Council said.