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The institutions of the European Union have the responsibility of conducting their work as transparently as possible.
Article 15(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union gives EU citizens, as well as any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in an EU country, the right of access to documents of the institutions.
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents implements this right of access to documents.
However, it also provides for two types of exceptions:
Access to documents is facilitated by means of an electronic public register of documents.
In their 2003 ‘Interinstitutional agreement on better law-Making’, the EU institutions agreed to improve transparency and the accessibility of information to the public.