The EU's Battle For Transparency

Law360, New York (December 5, 2011, 7:23 PM EST) -- Transparency is a hot topic in the European Union. In 1997, the Netherlands and Scandinavian member states insisted on including in the Amsterdam Treaty a provision that guarantees every EU citizen and resident a right of access to the documents held by EU institutions (see Article 15(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU). In 2001, the European Parliament and the Council jointly adopted the Transparency Regulation that governs this right of access (Regulation 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001, 2001 OJ L 145/43)....
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