The EFJ rejects the proposals for a new regulation on access to information, now being discussed by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, since these proposals do not fulfill promises made in the Treaty of Amsterdam to establish new rules creating genuine transparency and open government within the institutions of the European Union.
The EFJ also deplores the fact that the legal process is being carried out in secrecy, giving citizens little opportunity to take part or to influence the process.
The EFJ has made strenuous efforts to encourage and to assist the internal discussions within the EU on this issue, but given the current circumstances we demand that the commission proposal is reviewed, to give room for a fresh start, where the question will be dealt openly and in proper consultation with civil society.
The EFJ confirms the following minimum criteria for a new code of public access to EU documents :
Adopted March 25, 2001.