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EU Information from Governments

In addition to sending copies of EU draft legal acts to national Parliaments, many Member State Governments provide supplementary information in the form of either written documentation or via more informal channels.

One widespread way of doing this is to submit the so-called explanatory memoranda to the competent committees of the Parliaments prior to their dealing with the draft legal acts.

The first file below contains a table (from the 17th Bi-annual Report) which summarises access to EU information by Parliament or Chamber, incluing inforamtion on classification of the EU documents accessed.

The second file below provides information on the practises in the Member States when it comes to such explanatory memoranda. The table was published in the 2nd Bi-annual Report of COSAC in November 2004.