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European draft

Martin Rosenbaum | 15:41 UK time, Thursday, 8 May 2008

I haven't written as much in the past as I possibly should have done about access to information held by the institutions of the European Union.

But it's worth noting that the European Commission has now issued a new draft regulation which would amend the rules on access to EU documents.

It would narrow the range of documents covered by the principle of public access and extend the time limits which EU bodies have when reconsidering requests. But it would also open up the right of access to those who are not EU citizens.

This draft follows a consultation exercise in the past year. Those who are unhappy include Statewatch, and there is more discussion on the site.

The draft regulation will soon be considered by the European Parliament. It remains to be seen whether the recent fuss over their reluctance to publish an audit report on their own expenses will affect the enthusiasm of MEPs for freedom of information in general.


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