Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
Only the total amount
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Access during meetings is limited to holders of special access cards issued by the Secretary General of the National Assembly (art. 101 of the Rules of the Senate).
Committee meetings are open to the public
Les députés ou sénateurs non-membres de la commission, les membres du gouvernement dont l'étude de textes, en commission, ne sont pas relevant a leur compétence. (Art 20 du réglement de l'Assemblée Nationale et Article 29 du règlement du Sénat.)
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
Imperatives of national defence, State security and judicial confidentiality (Constitution, art. 35).


There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists