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Report on the outcome of the public consultation on the review of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. SEC (2008) 29 final/2, 16 January 2008

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Microsoft Word - DGsg-DT-SEC_2008_29-Revision du reglement 1049_2001_EN_DOCUMENT_DE_TRAVAIL.doc EN EN COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 16.1.2008 SEC(2008) 29/2 CORRIGENDUM: Annule et remplace le document SEC(2008) 29 du 11.1.2008, transmis par erreur sans annexes. COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Report on the Outcome of the Public Consultation on the Review of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents EN 2 EN COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Report on the Outcome of the Public Consultation on the Review of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents INTRODUCTION On 9 November 2005, the Commission decided, as part of its “European Transparency Initiative”1, to launch the review of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents2. This decision anticipated a European Parliament Resolution adopted on 4 April 2006, inviting the Commission to come forward with proposals for amending the Regulation3. As a first step in the review process, the Commission held a public consultation on the Regulation on the basis of a Green Paper published on 18 April 2007. The Green Paper and the contributions received from citizens as well as from public and private bodies are available on a dedicated website4. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the reactions received from citizens, public bodies and civil society and to put them into perspective. This report does not anticipate proposals which the Commission will submit in due course with a view to amending the Regulation on public access to documents. 1. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION The Commission received a total of eighty-one contributions to the Green Paper, from civil society (30), public authorities (25), the corporate world (14), a

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