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Til: EU Convention <(...)>
Emne: Freedom of information for EU member states
Dato: 5. May 2002 15:19

Walter Keim, Email:
Torshaugv. 2 C
N-7020 Trondheim,  5. May 2002

Secretariat of the European Convention
Rue de la Loi, 175

Freedom of information for EU member states



up to now freedom of information (including access to public documents) is for EU institutions: European Parliament, Council and Commission according to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Art. 42).

However minimum standards for member states are missing:

I have done an investigation who is responsible for the lack of freedom of information in Germany:  

I hope the Convention will solve this problem, so all Europeans can enjoy freedom of information.  


Walter Keim
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Answer: 5. July 2002.

Support Freedom of Information by E-Mail to the European Convention, European Commission and Council with a copy to the European Parliament.

FOI laws in EuropeFreedom of Information in European ConstitutionsFreedom of information came 1766 to Sweden, 1951 to Finland1966 to den USA and 1970 to Norway. In 1981 the Council of Europe gave "Recommendation No. R (81) 19" on the access to information held by public authorities. Since then both EU and nearly all countries in the EU and Europe adopted such laws. However citizen rights in member states vary and there are no minimum standards. In order to keep up with the international development freedom of information should be strengthened in EU member states.

Support Freedom of Information, by the following E-Mail to the European Commission (click here):
I support the call to the European Convention, European Commission and Council for democratic and accountable Freedom of Information laws on access to public documents in EU and member states.

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