Under Article 15 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, citizens and residents of EU countries have a right of access to documents of the Union’s institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, whatever their medium, subject to the principles and conditions to be determined by means of regulations adopted under the ordinary legislative procedure. Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 applicable to European Parliament, Council and Commission sets out the general principles and the limits governing the right of access to the documents of these three institutions. Under Article 11 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, each institution shall provide public access to a register of documents in electronic form.
The European Parliament's public register website contains references to documents produced or received by the institution since 03 December 2001. The vast majority of these documents can be directly consulted and downloaded from the website, free of charge.
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