REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION on the application in 2018 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents
1. The Commission published its report on the application in 2018 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 (“the Regulation”) regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents on 5 September 2019.
2. In 2018, 2,762 new documents were added to the public register of documents required under Article 11(1) of the Regulation. No documents created or received by the Commission were “sensitive” as defined by Article 9(1). Article 9(3) provides that sensitive documents may only be added to the Register with the consent of the originator.
3. The Report shows that in 2018 the number of access requests at the initial stage increased strikingly by 9.5% at 6,912 compared to 6,255 in 2017. The number of replies based on Regulation (EC) rose by 7.5% from 5,181 in 2017 to 6,117. At the confirmatory stage (requests for the review of the initial decision) applications increased by 4.4% to 318, compared to 2017, continuing an upward trend since 2016. The number of confirmatory applications finalised in 2018 increased by 10% from 259 in 2017 to 288 in 2018.
4. The Report also shows that in 2018 confirmatory applications originated from citizens, accounting for 36.2% of applications, compared to 24.7% in 2017. Non-governmental organisations applications were the second most active category made up 17.3% of applications which was an increase compared to 2017 where there were 13.2%. Applications from legal professionals were more than 15.4% which was lower compared to 37% in 2017. Journalists accounted for 15.1% of applications which is a striking increase from 7.2% in 2017, and companies rose to 7.9% from 6.7% in 2017. Members of the European Parliament accounted for 5% and academic institutions and think tanks accounted for 2.8% a decrease from 8.4% in 2017, and Member States accounted for 0.3%.