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by Laurent GUERBY Thu Feb 1st, 2007 at 02:18:17 PM EST

Last sunday I asked about where to find some documents related to the European Parliament.

I just got the response to my question adressed to Europe Direct.

Date:     Thu, 1 Feb 2007 15:48:24 UT  (16:48 CET)

Reference Number: 3582074


Dear Mr. Guerby,
We acknowledge receipt of your message, and in response to your enquiry we would like to inform you that Article 255 of the European Community Treaty gives any citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State, the right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
The concept of transparency refers to the openness of the Community institutions and to their clear functioning. Transparency is linked to the citizens' demands for wider access to information and EU documents and for greater involvement in the decision-making process which would help foster a feeling of closeness to the Union.
The draft Constitution in the process of ratification extends the principle of access to documents to all EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies.
The Regulation No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents implements this right of access to documents from the three institutions. However, it still provides for two types of exceptions: cases in which access is automatically refused (for reasons of public security, defence, international relations) and cases in which access is refused (protection of the commercial interests of a private individual, for example) except where there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.
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Firstname: Laurent - Family Name: GUERBY
Subject: Letters to the European Parliament president and secretary and answers
Question: Hi,

I read today in the french newspaper Le Monde (1) that since 2001 all letters sent to the EP president and secretary and answers are made public on the web.

I find this a very good policy, but I'm unable to find where the letters and answers are located on the EP web site.

If this policy is indeed in place, could you point me to the right URL?

Thanks in advance,

Laurent GUERBY

(1) (in french)

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I've no time to dig into it just right now, will do over the weekend.

What you were looking for is here, section 4. It is ordered according to official/private letters, and incoming/outgoing letters.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 2nd, 2007 at 03:57:54 AM EST
Interesting resource, Laurent, thanks!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Feb 2nd, 2007 at 07:42:30 AM EST

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