The European Ombudsman, Jacob Söderman, published a special report, on 30 November, on the failure of the EU Council to grant access to certain documents on justice and home affairs. The report was published after a complaint was made by Statewatch, a UK organisation fighting for transparency.
In his draft recommendation in March this year, the Ombudsman asked the Council to release all the relevant documents. According to the evidence in the Ombudsman’s possession, the Council has so far failed to do this. In his special report to the European Parliament, the Ombudsman restates his recommendation and calls on the Parliament to intervene.
The Ombudsman is of the view that the Council should establish such a list of all the documents that were put before its meetings and make it available to citizens. This is vital so that citizens can use their right of access to documents properly, he says.