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Less is more ? The Commission proposal on access to EU documents and the proper limits of transparency
Working paper de l'IDHEAP
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Paper presented at the Emergence of Administrative Democracy Conference, Strasbourg, France, 19 to 20 March 2010
Transparency is now seen as a key tool of democratic governance. The European Union's commitment to transparency is now at the centre of a crucial debate between the Commission and the Parliament on the future of citizen's right of access to information. This article presents the main characteristics of the current regime and questions the pertinence of the proposed changes in light of the international drive at modernising access to information laws and the attempt at identifying the ̳proper limits of transparency'. The questions raised range from the identification of what can be accessed to the definition of exemption and the protection of competing interests.
European Union, Public Administration, Access to information
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