EU transparency in the news, January – March 2015.
See also the news report digests for 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 (second quarter, and second half), and 2014 (last quarter).
The Open Government in the EU blog keeps a regularly updated overview of news reporting on EU transparency since September 2014. This post contains an overview of reports over the first three months of 2015. News reports are collected through quick scans on Google news and the most relevant websites. While this news scan is in no way exhaustive or fully systematic, it does provide a nice overview of the direction that the transparency debate is taking over a period of months.
During the first quarter-year of 2015, EU transparency news focused predominantly on the (lack of) transparency around the TTIP negotiations and the issue of tax transparency sparked by the LuxLeaks scandal. A further item that continued to be debated in 2015 was the regulation and transparency of lobbying activities. A longlist of news reports is provided below.
Suggestions for additions or current news are warmly welcomed, via the twitter account @MZHillebrandt. –MH
See also: news reporting September – December 2014
31/03/15// Parliament Magazine: MEPs unconvinced by commission’s ‘revolutionary’ EU tax transparency proposals
27/03/15// EUObserver: EU transparency rules ‘not truly effective’
26/03/15// EUObserver: Transparency and the EP: Talk but little action?
18/03/15// EUObserver: EU proposes new tax transparency rules
17/03/15// Sputnik News: Talks on EU-US Trade Deal Proceed in Utmost Transparency – Swedish MP
03/03/15// Telegraph: One in five MEPs earns more than €12,000 a year from other work
02/03/15// European Medicines Agency: Draft Proposal on Transparency Addendum
25/02/15// Radio Poland: Poland applauds proposed EU energy solidarity, transparency
20/02/15// Tax News: EU Seeks Transparency On Corporate Tax
17/02/15// Insider Media: Cable calls for transparency over US-Europe trade deal
17/02/15// EUObserver: UK and Hungarian thinktanks least transparent in EU
16/02/15// IAM Magazine: It is now incumbent on all sides to back full transparency at the EPO; and that does mean all and full
05/02/15// Malta Independent: European Commission pushes for full transparency for ISDS
03/02/15// Euractiv: Commission faces maladministration probe over TTIP secrecy
30/01/15// EUObserver: Top official demands transparency on EU expert groups
27/01/15// Economic Voice: EU lobby register: still failing to deliver real transparency
27/01/15// Commission: Commission and Parliament Implement New Rules on Transparency Register
19/01/15// EUObserver: Transparency complaint lodged against EU commission on US trade deal
16/01/15// EUObserver: Passing the court of public opinion
16/01/15// Euractiv op-ed: For a fair, transparent and effective ISDS in TTIP
15/01//15// European Parliament: European Ombudsman: transparency a key concern for citizens in 2013
15/01/15// Financial Times: Letter to the editor: Ombudsman called for much more transparency on TTIP negotiations
14/01/15// EUObserver: Greens get cross-party support for LuxLeaks inquiry
14/01/15// Daily Sabah: Gov’t introduces transparency reform package to combat irregularities
07/01/15// European Voice: EU ombudsman calls for greater TTIP transparency
07/01/15// Euractiv: TTIP papers published as EU Ombudsman demands more transparency
02/01/15// Financial Times: UK oil groups face tougher transparency rules