|European Parliament adopts proposals to improve EU transparency rules|
15 December 2011
The European Parliament today adopted its first reading position on proposals to improve the EU’s access to documents rules by an overwhelming majority.
The proposed reforms, contained in a report drawn up by Michael Cashman MEP already adopted by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, are now the Parliament’s formal position and will be negotiated with the Council of the European Union, under the upcoming Danish Presidency.
Access Info Europe, ClientEarth and Greenpeace welcomed the European Parliament vote, noting that some proposed amendments to the Cashman Report which would have restricted transparency were also defeated in the vote.
The positive aspects of the European Parliament’s position include:
“We are very happy with this result. We now have high hopes that the Danish Presidency will work in favour of strong transparency rules in line with the guarantees of the right of access to documents contained in the EU Treaties and international law,” commented Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe.
For further information, please contact:
AnaÃ¯s Berthier, Environmental justice lawyer, ClientEarth
t. +32 2 808 34 68
Helen Darbishire, Executive Director, Access Info Europe
tel: +34 667 685 319
Notes for Editors:
1. The adoption of the proposals contained in the Cashman Report in the European Parliament in Strasbourg was carried by 394 votes in favour, 197 against with 35 abstentions.
2. The defeated proposals had been put forward by the European People’s Party.
3. Prior to the vote, there was lobbying of MEPs by business associations wanting to preserve rigid protection of commercial confidentiality.