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2009 General Report
Whilst it is certainly a more attractive document that its predecessors, the new section headings and layout will make it very difficult for users to compare to previous editions, and hence to navigate.
Appended to each of the five main sections is a page of ‘endnotes’, which in the electronic versions have clickable links for selected items. However, moving the references to the end of each section makes them far less accessible to those of us seeking access to original documents. There is not even a hyperlink from the text to the relevant endnote.
There are other disappointments too, with far too many documents being cited in the endnotes, but not linked to. It’s surely easy enough to provide a link to the Green Paper on a European citizens’ initiative (COM (2009) 622) and the Treaty of Lisbon (OJ C 306, 17.12.2007). Why not do it?
Publication of this new General Report looks like a case of dumbing-down. There are plenty of pretty, superficial-level brochures about the EU and its activities. That this important document might now be numbered amongst them is, on this evidence, a real possibility.
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