Civil society

Guide on exercising your access to documents rights in the EU

Image AIE Guide on access Earlier this year, the Madrid-based transparency advocacy organisation Access Info Europe released a manual for those seeking access to European Union documents.

The Guide on Access EU Documents is particularly aimed at citizens and civil society, but also at academics and journalists. By explaining the administrative procedure underlying Regulation 1049/2001 (the EU’s law on access to documents) step by step, AIE seeks to “demystify” an opaque procedure which “remains underused by the population at large”.


European Ombudsman Diamandouros prepares for retirement; sounds note of cautionary optimism about future of EU transparency

Yesterday, the European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros, addressed the media about his time in office as the citizen’s advocate of good administration. Diamandouros will retire on 1 October 2013.

Civil society Jurisprudence

AG Opinion in Access Info Europe appeal: the transparency saga continues

Last week, Advocate General Cruz Villalón delivered his opinion in the Council’s appeal against the General Court’s Access Info Europe judgement of 2011.


Blog on EUI Transparency Seminar Picked Up by Russian Blogger

An earlier summary of the EUI seminar of transparency, posted on this website some time ago, has been picked up by Moscow-based archivist and blogger Natasha Hramtsovsky. Her blog features a full translation of the summary in Russian. In an introduction, Ms Hramtsovky remarks:

The described event attracted the attention of several Russian colleagues (see, who […] noted the lack of transparency of the seminar on transparency. This blog by Maarten Hillebrandt is therefore proposed to the reader […] published […]on the “Open Government in the European Union» blog.