Posts Tagged ‘accountability’

Op-ed on current initiatives for enhancing EU’s democratic transparency

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Parliamentary disobedience in the the eurosceptic UK strengthens democratic oversight in the EU.

On 4 Februari, an op-ed article by professor Deirdre Curtin of the Open Government in the EU, entitled “How the British are making the EU more democratic”, was published in Dutch daily Trouw. The article (in Dutch) is reproduced below. By clicking on the image, the picture is shown in a larger version.

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Dalligate tests the European Parliament’s oversight over the Commission

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The following piece was originally posted on the ACELG blog.

By Maarten Hillebrandt

A few weeks ago, the European institutions were shaken by a series of events which, at first sight, could constitute the plot of an institutional thriller. On 16 October, after an investigation into allegations of corruption conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Maltese Health Commissioner John Dalli was asked to resign. The European watchdog acted on a tip from the tobacco producer Swedish Match, and its Director, Giovanni Kessler, called it a “classic” case of lobbying-turned-into-corruption. Undisclosed sources suggest tobacco interest beyond the Swedish producer may be implicated. When the Head of OLAF’s Supervisory Board, Christiaan Timmermans, stepped down within a week after Dalli’s resignation, this further added to the confusion. As an anonymous MEP stated in the EUobserver “There is a feeling that there is something politically delicate for the Commission in this whole business”.

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Top Secret Intelligence in Europe: A Tipping Point in Luxembourg?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This short article was originally posted on the blog of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG).

Kadi is back in Luxembourg and with a vengeance! The timing is interesting both for the case itself and more generally for highlighting the use of secret intelligence and evidence to justify detention and other sanctions.

By Deirdre Curtin

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Transatlantic Conference on Transparency Research a huge success

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

On 8 and 9 June the Transatlantic Conference on Transparency Research (TCTR) was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was organised by members of the Open Government in the EU research group Albert Meijer and Deirdre Curtin. Researchers came from four continents and presented over 50 papers on all sorts of transparency related issues, ranging from transparency in the EU, to conceptualisation, to accountability, to developing countries. Attendants came from various disciplines, among them public administration, law, political science, psychology, as well as from various professional backgrounds such as the European Ombudsman’s office, the civil service, and NGOs. Keynote addresses were given by the European Ombudsman, Mr. Diamandouros, and prof. Paul ‘t Hart of the Utrecht School of Governance.

In his concluding address, Alasdair Roberts compared the emerging transparency community to his own children: it is now in the age where it starts talking back to you intelligently, but does not yet refuse to talk to you. In other words, transparency as a research field is going through an intellectually exciting time.

Held around a year after the transparency conference in Newark, Utrecht’s TCTR was the second international conference on transparency. The research community hopes to make this a regularly returning event, and invites all members to consider hosting a follow-up. –MH

All papers can be found here. News coverage from Freedom Info can be found here.

Dutch General Accounting Office: More Openness about EU’s Expenditures

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The ongoing financial crisis in the Eurozone may not only have the effect of furthering integration, embodied in a Commissioner for national budgets. Dutch news website Nu.nl reports that the Dutch General Accounting Office has called for more openness about expenditure of European funds.

According to the body which controls government expenditure, expenditure in the EU has been falling short of accountability standards for years. Although 90% of European funds (particularly CAP money) are spent by the member states, transparency about the process is required. At the moment however, only four EU members provide such transparency: Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Read more on the Accounting Office’s special website on EU accountability (in Dutch).