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The New Regulation on Access to Documents: A Critical Analysis


  • Steve Peers


The E.U.'s access to documents rules only came into existence following the public rejection of a new Treaty. Similarly, the rules have only been improved since under constant pressure from applicants via complaints to the Ombudsman and court cases. Fortunately, the Commission's proposals to weaken many important aspects of the access rules were rejected and the new Regulation ultimately contains several steps forward, counterbalanced by several steps backward and a number of disappointments. It will now fall to applicants again to press for an interpretation of the new Regulation that fully respects its purpose to ensure the "widest possible access" to documents. But it is unfortunate that the drafters of new Regulation did not take this principle seriously enough, and consequently missed opportunity adopt a clearer more comprehensive would have confirmed built upon previous status quo in every respect.

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  • Steve Peers, 2002. "The New Regulation on Access to Documents: A Critical Analysis," Queen's Papers on Europeanisation p0028, Queens University Belfast.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:queens:p0028

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