website - Public Access

Welcome to the website pilot project was launched in 2014 by the European Parliament to facilitate online access to a wider range of unclassified documents held by EU institutions, and to increase the transparency of decision-making in the EU. To achieve the objectives of the pilot project, the following main strands of activities were identified as bearing particular interest:

i) enrichment of the EUR-Lex website - the gateway to EU law - with new types of documents,

ii) creation of a showcase allowing to test possible future ways of displaying legal information, and

iii) carrying out a study on integrated access to publicly available EU documents.

The work done under the pilot project resulted in tangible improvements of EUR-Lex: a wealth of new information and documents related to the different preparatory stages of law-making procedures is now available and presented to the user in a way that follows the logic of the adoption process. Other concepts tested in the framework of the pilot project will still be implemented in practice. They will namely translate into developments focused on providing seamless and user-friendly experience when navigating through the EU legal information. The work will also continue on further enrichment of EUR-Lex by new types of documents.



Legal basis

For legal basis for EU pilot projects of an experimental nature, see Article 54 (2) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p.1).

For legal basis for the pilot project, see p. 1496 in Section III of General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015.


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