May 11
2021
Dolores Utrilla
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9th April 2021
Human Rights Institutional law

European Ombudsman advises Commission on how to improve public access to and proactive publicity of confirmatory decisions

The European Ombudsman has delivered two decisions (in cases 787/2020/DL and 763/2020/DL) concerning the Commission’s transparency policy on public access requests (in particular its so-called final ‘confirmatory decisions’). The Ombudsman has advised the Commission to step up its processing of future requests for access, and she has made a series of suggestions concerning proactive publication of confirmatory decisions in the future.

Both cases stem from complaints brought by a postdoctoral researcher, who asked the Commission to disclose its final decisions on public access requests made between 2014 and 2018.

In case 787/2020/DL, the request concerned a very large number of documents. As the EU rules on access to documen

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