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Implementation

New Commission document portal in the making

New one-stop, open-source document portal should be up and running by the summer.

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Civil society Jurisprudence

EU Court orders Frontex to reduce legal bill recuperated from transparency activists

General Court decision draws a line under 22-month litigation saga between activists and EU border protection agency and indicates its willingness to protect access to justice in the field of access to documents.

Semsrott and Izuzquiza in front of the Frontex headquarters in Warsaw.
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Jurisprudence

Applicant found right on all pleas in rule of law conditionality transparency case

Laurent Pech, professor of European law and rule of law expert, had been refused access to a legal advice of the Council Legal Service related to rule of law conditionality regulation in 2019, in a decision that the General Court has now annulled.

European Council President Michel and Hungarian Prime Minister Orban chat during the 2020 negotiations for the MFF.
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Oversight

Inquiry of Council measures during pandemic finds transparency gaps – but also improvements

Ombudsman considers that initial Council measures were “not in line with the Treaty” and regrets transparency gaps, but stops short of declaring maladministration.

Dutch data journalist Daniël Verlaan hacks a remote Council meeting in November 2020. Credit: Politico.