Madrid/Brussels, 19 May 2014 – The Council of the EU is failing to comply with EU transparency rules by not respecting time frames for responding, applying too many extensions to requests, and not informing all requesters of their right to appeal when information is denied, according to a report published today by Access Info Europe.
Brussels, Friday 27 September 2013 – The European Central Bank regularly invokes the need to protect monetary policy and the financial stability of the Union and its Member States when refusing access to information a report by Access Info presented in Brussels today has revealed.
Since the creation of the AsktheEU.org platform in September 2011, increasing numbers of citizens have been logging in and making requests to EU institutions. This has not gone unnoticed. The 2012 Council report on access to documents acknowledges that, “Since 2012, the number of initial requests for access sent to the General Secretariat of the Council via the AsktheEU.org platform has been continuously rising.”
Madrid, 9 May 2013 – To celebrate Europe Day, Access Info Europe launched a citizen-friendly Guide on Access to EU Documents and is calling on members of the public and civil society organisations to exercise their rights and file access to documents requests.
The EU has recognised a fundamental right of access to EU documents, but the EU’s freedom of information law – which goes by the catchy title of ‘Regulation 1049/2001’ – remains underused by the population at large. The new guide demystifies the process of asking for EU documents explaining step by step how to make a request.
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It has a running Trendreport which gathers digital innovations on the internet and elsewhere in order to spread new ideas to the civil society and social sector.
AsktheEU.org has been considered as one of the examples of digital innovation that has made it onto the Trendreport as one of their ‘Cases’. Please click to see more about Trendreport and Betterplace.org as well as check out the AsktheEU.org case!