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February 20, 2009

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MEPs vote for better public access to documents See http://www.michaelcashmanmep.org.uk/news.php
The Parliament's civil liberties committee supports proposal to give the public better access to EU documents.

MEPs on the European Parliament's civil liberties committee voted this morning (17 February) to give the public better access to documents held by the EU institutions.

The committee members approved with 26 votes for, five against and 15 abstentions a report by Michael Cashman, UK Socialist MEP.

Speaking after the vote, Cashman said he was pleased with the vote, but “sad” that centre-right EPP-ED members had abstained. “They have to explain why they didn't want to bring the EU institutions closer to citizens”.

EURActiv
see http://www.euractiv.com/en/pa/swedes-prioritise-transparency-eu-helm/article-179559

Swedes to prioritise transparency at EU helm
Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009

The European Ombudsman yesterday (17 February) expressed his conviction that the incoming Swedish EU Presidency would make progress on making the EU more transparent and accountable to its citizens. Meanwhile, MEPs insisted that "no legislative documents should be kept secret" under a reformed access to documents policy.

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