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Trajan Shipley
17th November 2021
Institutional law

Ombudsman calls for modernisation of Access to Documents Regulation

The European Ombudsman has publicly called for the modernisation of Access to Documents Regulation 1049/2001.

Speaking at a conference on the future of the said regulation, she noted that the Regulation needs to ‘catch up’ with the digital reality of today’s world while ‘maintaining its core strengths’. 

She further noted that the Regulation should be aligned more closely with rights enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty, encourage more proactive transparency, and take account of important case-law concerning transparent decision-making.

The Ombudsman also recently published a guide for the EU administration on policies and practices to give effect to the right of public access to documents.

Read the Ombudsman’s press release here.


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