EU: Annual European Commission report on access to documents (2007)

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Annual report (pdf)

The low number of visitors to the Commission's public register of its documents - only 39,013 over the full year, 3,251 per month - tells us that it is not seen as a useful source of documentation. Many, many documents are not listed and of those that are many do not give access to the text of the document. And this leads in turn to:

"The constant increase in the number of initial applications since the Regulation was adopted was again observed in 2007, when 4196 initial applications were registered by departments, 355 more than in 2006."

The Commission's failure to list all the documents its receives or produces is the subject of a Statewatch complaint to the European Ombudsman.

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