With AsktheEU.org, international human rights organisation Access Info Europe has created a platform which allows European citizens to request EU documents in a way which is straightforward and free to use. It is intended to promote citizen participation and lead to greater transparency in the EU’s political workings. Approximately 500 million people live in the EU, and as such have a legally guaranteed right to access to documentation from collective EU institutions. Every year only around 50,000 people actually exercise this right. AsktheEU wants to change that. Requests made on the site are forwarded to the respective institution and published on AsktheEU.org. The institution in question then has 15 days in which to respond, and these responses are also posted on the site. The fact that all requests and corresponding responses are published means that duplications can be avoided. AsktheEU.org was launched in September 2011 – only in English to begin with but German, French and Spanish versions now available. Until now (September 2015) over 2000 requests have been filed and almost 50 percent have been answered satisfactorily or partially satisfactorily.
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