As the European Parliament grows in importance and influence, especially with the last Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), it is more crucial than ever to ensure that it represents the interests of European citizens in a fully open and transparent manner.
Thus, European citizens are entitled to follow the activities of their elected Members closely, verifying that they comply with strict principles of conduct and maintain well-balanced relations with interest representatives. Citizens should also be able to expect the highest of standards of behaviour and efficiency from Parliament staff. Last but not least, citizens must be granted a right of access to documents of the European Institutions within the necessary limitations laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.
In conformity with Parliament's commitment to transparency, all the transparency tools provided here under aim at facilitating citizens' scrutiny over Parliament's activities and, in particular, its legislative work.
"The institutions shall, by appropriate means, give citizens and representative associations the opportunity to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action; in addition, the institutions shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society."
(Article 11 of the TEU)