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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

European Parliament stands in Court for the EU’s citizens right to know

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 ottobre 2013

English: A Committee Room in the European Parl...

English: A Committee Room in the European Parliament (Brussels) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent ruling of the European Court of Justice should open the eyes of member states to the necessity to update EU legislation on access to documents. EU citizens need a clearer and wider access to the decision-making process, said Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur on the regulation on access to documents.The European Court of Justice ruled on 17 October 2013 that the Council’s policy of releasing legislative drafting documents with the names of member states tabling amendments blacked out was not in conformity with EU law (Council v Access Info Europe Case C-280/11 P).The European Parliament intervened by joining the case in support of Access Info Europe.
Michael Cashman (S&D, UK), rapporteur for the original Regulation 1049/2001 on access to documents and its current revision, lauded the European Parliament’s historical move for defending citizen’s rights:
“I congratulate Access Info Europe for helping, through this case, to clarify EU legislation and keeping all of us accountable. I am proud our House has stood by EU citizens and stood for what it has been continuously fighting for: more transparency of the decision-making process.It is a shame that the other two Institutions, the Council and the European Commission, prefer to challenge civil society and the citizens they represent rather than recognising that the current legislation needs to be revised and not only interpreted by the judges.
The current revision is in a deadlock in Council, and in June 2013, the European Parliament called for the co-legislators to start the negotiations again for a deal that will ensure better access by EU citizens to EU documents.I am hopeful that such decisions of the European Court of Justice will open the eyes of member states to the necessity to update our legislation accordingly and to stop relying on jurisprudence. Our citizens need a clearer and wider access to the decision-making process and the ECJ has confirmed this today. Now, let’s get around the table and do the work”.

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