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  • Under Article 15 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, citizens and residents of EU countries have a right of access to documents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to documents from these 3 institutions sets out the general principles governing this right of access and the limits to it.
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