New European rules on access to documents from EU institutions have been brought up to date. In its proposal, the European Commission says it is part of its commitment to transparency. This includes better access to names of people acting in a professional capacity and to documents from EU Member States. Brussels called accessibilty an essential tool for democracy. A spokesman said:
“The other main aim is to look how we can increase the use of the system by citizens. Objective to make the system for the laymen not essentially for the lobbyists. We have something like 40% of all requests coming from lobbyists and law firms, and the objective is to try to increase the number of requests coming from average citizens.”
The improvements suggested by the Commission are based on a broad public consultation begun last spring, on recommendations made by the European Parliament and on the case law of the European Courts.