EU: European Parliament liberal group (ALDE) re-launches transparency campaign on access to documents

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Marco Cappato MEP said:

"Many documents are not on the official registers, information is often not fully available or difficult to find whilst internal procedures in some institutions are hard to follow."

"The Regulation should be revised to ensure the principle of full access to all documents. It is untenable that the Council, which is the EU co-legislating body, still denies full access to documents discussed in its working groups, such as amendments proposed by Member States representatives, positions and voting records or legal opinions which makes it impossible to follow its decision-making process."

"The Commission too should keep its register up to date and complete, while the EP should further improve the publication of its activities, such as video-streaming on the internet of its committees' debates and enhanced transparency of first-reading agreements".

He has drafted a response to the Commission's Green Paper to be discussed in the Committee on Covil Liberties (LIBE): Working document (pdf)

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