Call for an "Open Europe"
launched by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Statewatch

"Essays for an Open Europe"
: for the arguments
Our code of access:  a code for civil society
"Secret Europe site": for all documentation                                
Who supports Statewatch's work on access to EU documents
Italiano: Appello per "un'Europa aperta" Deutsch: Appell für ein "Offenes Europa"

"A new code on the citizens' right of access to documents in the European Union is currently being discussed by the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. In the "corridors of power" in Brussels the positions of these institutions indicate that they are heading for more secrecy and less openness. Indeed they seem more concerned with establishing rights for themselves (through so-called interinstitutional "deals") than for the citizen.

These essays have therefore been written to encourage a much wider debate throughout the whole of civil society so that its voice can be heard in a way that cannot be ignored. Access to documents in the EU is not a "gift" from on high to be packaged, sanitised and manipulated, it is a "right" which is fundamental in a democracy." Tony Bunyan, Deirdre Curtin and Aidan White, Introduction to "Essays for an Open Europe"

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