“Unfortunately, those looking for documents gave the lowest satisfaction rating, with 13 percent ranking the site either ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.“
That’s one of the findings of a user survey the EU Commission web team have made ahead of the revamp of the Commission’s website. And this was one of the reasons for my life hacking posts last week (here and here) trying to show how one can still find documents on EU websites.
In the meantime, the European Parliament has announced that their website will appear in new style starting from Tuesday, including inbuilt social media functionality for MEPs. However, it’s more the appearance that is going to change, not much of the technical abilities (e.g. making the tracking of decision-making more easy).
And also the Council (i.e. both the European Council & the Council of Ministers) is working on a new website. Two weeks ago I was invited by ]init[, the company that is tasked by the Council to provide a related study, to participate in a user survey basically asking what my priorities would be for the Council website. The same was done in group sessions with different “target groups” in Brussels as far as I understand.
It seems like the three main institutions are working to move forward, and as also EUR-Lex is about to be reformed – I am currently waiting for a reply from the EU Council regarding a freedom of information request I’ve made two weeks ago to know where the process stands – there is hope that finding EU information and documents might become a little easier in the future.
What’s missing and what will probably not come out of these website remakes is a useful EU legislation tracker that would allow the public to find ALL documents (including meeting agendas) related to each legislative process, e.g. visualised in a nice little timeline. Way to go…