On 19 April the European Commission launched an open public consultation on the Regulation regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (Regulation 1049/2001).
The Green Paper on Public Access to Documents held by institutions of the European Community: A Review is another aspect of the European Transparency Initiative, which was launched by the Commission in November 2005. The aim of this consultation is to improve EU citizens' access to documents of the three institutions and of the Community Agencies.
The Green Paper seeks to take stock of the current rules on public access to documents and outlines options for improving the system. The current Regulation governing citizens' access to documents ((EC) No 1049/2001) has been in operation for just over five years and is not generally regarded as an effective tool for providing general access to EU information. In particular, the current Regulation does not compare favourably with the rules on access to environmental information set out by the EU in Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental information, which has been implemented in the UK as the Environmental Information Regulations and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations. Consultation on the Green Paper closes on 15 July 2007 and response can be submitted through a dedicated website: http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/revision/index.htm.