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Whistleblower protection in the European Union requires a shift in mentality

A new article in the open-access journal Politics & Governance by historian Joris Gijsenbergh shows that politicians and officials need to be convinced of the value of transparency. Without a mentality shift, the EU Whistleblower Directive and national legal measures will fail to offer whistleblowers sufficient protection against retaliation. History teaches us that appreciation for open government needs to be cultivated.

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Twenty years of Regulation 1049/2001 on Public Access to EU Documents: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

This public online event is organised by the Academy of Finland-funded TrUE research project in collaboration with the Open Government in the EU blog. It brings together practitioners, civil society representatives, and academics to reflect on the first two decades and future of the EU’s first access to documents law. Details about the webinar and how to participate can be found below.

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New Book Asks Us to Reassess the Politics of Secrecy and Transparency

In her latest book, Radical Secrecy: The Ends of Transparency in Datafied America, Clare Birchall advocates for a rejection of the familiar opposition between “the promise of transparency” and “the threat posed by secrecy”. Her analysis of the pattern of visibility and opacity in the current Covid-19 pandemic lays bare governance risks that apply as much to the European Union as they do to the United States.

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Special issue gathers insights on the efficiency dilemma in EU transparency

A new special issue in the open-access journal Politics & Governance explores the possibility of transparency ‘excess’ in the face of the European Union’s constrained capacity to deliver.