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Parliament and NGOs challenge the Council over secrecy of national fishing quotas control

Ongoing legislative trilogue negotiations expected to see a tug-of-war after Council favours a roll-back of a more ambitious Commission proposal advanced further by European Parliament amendments. At stake is the transparency of national controls of fisheries’ compliance with EU quotas.

Credit: EU Fisheries Control Coalition.
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The New Statute of the European Ombudsman and Transparency

The European Parliament has recently adopted a new Statute for the European Ombudsman. Nikos Vogiatzis argues that, while this is a welcome development, the new provisions mainly codify or solidify existing practices, and therefore may not be seen as a significant strengthening of the European Ombudsman’s mandate.

Credit: author.
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Presidency sponsorship guidelines watered down at last minute

Previous-day version of textual proposal shows expansive language removed from finally adopted guidelines.

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Council adopts new voluntary guidelines on Presidency sponsorship

Guidelines contain non-compelling language and continue to suggest that the Presidency is not part of the Council.

In 2019, the Romanian Presidency caused a stir when it accepted sponsorship from sugary fizzy-drink producer Coca-Cola.