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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In the year running up to 28 September 2012, members of the European public presented a total of 214 requests for documents with European institutions and bodies using the AsktheEU.org request platform.
As of 23 September, almost 65% of the 214 requests made using AsktheEU.org resulted in full (37%) or partial (28%) disclosure of documents. In a further 19% of instances (40 requests) the institution responded that it did not hold the information requested, either because the document did
not exist or because it was not in that institutions’ possession. Information was refused in only 13 cases (6% of requests).
Madrid, 5 March 2013 – Last week AsktheEU.org observed the 400th access to documents request made on the website since the launch on 28th September 2011.
Since then, AsktheEU.org’s users have made access to documents requests to the EU institutions on a wide variety of topics and themes which reflect ongoing European debates or which have an impact on the lives of European citizens.
Brussels, 1 February 2013 – A majority of people across Europe want increased transparency of the European Union and are concerned about ethics and lobbying in policy-making, according to a new opinion poll.
The poll conducted by TNS opinion under the auspices of the EU Citizens project, and completed by over 6,000 people in Austria, Czech Republic, France, UK, Netherlands and Spain, reveals that there is a huge demand for greater transparency. 85% of respondents think that full information about Member States’ negotiations should be open to the public.
Brussels, 28 September 2012 – In the year running up to 28 September 2012, members of the European public presented a total of 214 requests for documents with European institutions and bodies using the AsktheEU.org request platform. As of 23 September, almost 65% of the 214 requests made using AsktheEU.org resulted in full (37%) or partial (28%) disclosure of documents.
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On the 1 year anniversary of www.AsktheEU.org, 28 September 2012 we will publish a report on the functioning of the AsktheEU.org platform including information about how the EU institutions handle access to documents requests.
In the meantime, the AsktheEU.org team is working on improving the site. We would like to hear your feedback, as a user, so that we can prioritise the improvements based on your needs.
20 June 2012– The Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU yesterday gave up on trying to reach an agreement between the European Commission, the Parliament and the Member States on reform of the rules that govern public access to EU documents.
With the European Parliament standing firmly in favour of greater transparency for citizens, and the European Commission pressing for amendments to the Regulation that would exclude entire classes of information or narrow the definition of a document, the agreement hinged on an agreement between the 27 Member States meeting in the Council.
It has been over six months since we launched AsktheEU.org in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Since then, there have been over 100 requests to the EU institutions and bodies made by individuals as well as on behalf of organisations. About 30% of these requests have been classified by AsktheEU.org users as partially or fully successful. EU institutions and bodies told 13 requesters they did not hold the information, and only 3 requests have been refused.