Openness, Transparency and the Right of Access to Documents in the EU. In-Depth Analysis

39 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2016

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Deirdre Curtin

European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Päivi Leino

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

Upon request of the PETI Committee, the Policy Department on Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs commissioned the present analysis, which examines the situation in relation to openness, transparency, access to documents and information in the EU. Case law and developments in the jurisprudence of the CJEU are examined, notably for legislative documents, documents relating to administrative proceedings, to Court proceedings, infringement proceedings and EU Pilot cases, protection of privacy and international relations. Current and future challenges, as well as conclusions and policy recommendations are set out, in order to ensure compliance with the Treaties’ and Charter of Fundamental Rights’ requirements aimed at enhancing citizens’ participation in the EU decision-making process, and consequently stronger accountability and democracy in the EU.

Keywords: openness, transparency, access to documents, access to information, accountability

Suggested Citation

Curtin, Deirdre M. and Leino-Sandberg, Päivi, Openness, Transparency and the Right of Access to Documents in the EU. In-Depth Analysis (November 2016). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2016/63. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2879315 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2879315

Deirdre M. Curtin (Contact Author)

European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

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Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

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Päivi Leino-Sandberg

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law ( email )

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P.O. Box 4
Helsinki, FIN-0001 4
Finland

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