Transparency and Information

Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty (see Art. 11 TEU and Art. 15 TFEU), the EU institutions are taking more action to involve citizens in the policy process and to make the law-making procedures more transparent.

In addition to the development of public access to documents more registers were created in order to identify, for example, cooperation with stakeholders, use of external expert groups and advisory committees, or the distribution of subsidies.

Transparency Register (registration and search of interest groups);
   jointly operated by the European Parliament and the European Commission (since 2011):
   - Interinstitutional agreement (2014 ; Proposal for an amendment 2016)
   - Annual reports (ab 2012)
   - Video

European Commission 
   - Register of Commission Expert Groups
   - Access to consultations
   - Contribute to law-making
   - Financial Transparency System (FTS)
     (beneficiaries of funding from the EU budget; since 2007)
   - Commission Decision  (2011): Reuse  of  Commission  documents

European Parliament

Council of the European Union

Public Registers of Documents (EU Institutions)

• Statewatch: Freedom of information in the European Union

• Secrecy and openness in the EU (Global network of freedom of information advocates) (Catalogue of political and commercial actors related to the EU)

• ESO Information Guide:
   Civil Society, Stakeholders, Pressure Groups and Lobbying in the EU (2013)