On 9 July, Michael Cashman (PES-UK), will present its own-initiative report on access to documents to the Parliament’s Committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs.
On 9 July, members of the Parliament’s Committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs will discuss the own-initiative report drafted by MEP Michael Cashman (PSE-UK) on the implementation of this regulation on access to documents.
While congratulating the institutions and their staff for the progress accomplished, Michael Cashman highlights numerous areas where work still needs to be done:
- European Council documents should also be covered by the regulation;
- documents under comitology proceedings should be accessible;
- the Council should permit the identification of the positions of the various national delegations at the time of the decision-making process;
- the Council should provide access to legal opinions;
- the Council should stop using the classification “limited”, “restricted” documents and should make these documents directly accessible;
- one interinstitutional register should be set up;
- the Commission should set up one single electronic register;
- reasons for refusal to access documents should be precise.
The MEP also criticises the European Convention for not applying the principles set in the regulation, qualifying this behaviour as “deplorable”.