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Transparency reforms “better served” by withholding access, access applicant is told

The Council’s ongoing transparency overhaul continues to attract public attention.

Fragment from the confirmatory application.
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Civil society Jurisprudence Legal reform

Council of EU undergoing full reorientation on transparency question

On Wednesday 18 July 2018, the committee  of ambassadors of the member states to the EU (Coreper) held an orientational debate about the need for reforms of the Council’s transparency policy, thus Agence Europe reports.

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Implementation Jurisprudence

Landmark access case requires Parliament to publish legislative negotiation documents fully and immediately

In the landmark De Capitani case delivered on Thursday 22 March, the EU’s General Court requires the European Parliament to publish legislative negotiation documents (known by EU insiders as the “trilogue four-column document”) not only fully, but also immediately.

Emilio de Capitani (photo credit: EUD Observatory/YouTube)
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Jurisprudence Research

New case note on access to documents case related to the EU’s emissions trade scheme

“On the Administration of Pollution: How Much “Space to Think” May the EU Claim?”

When can an institution plausibly argue that something is decision-making, and not “mere” administration? And more importantly, how does this influence EU bodies’ legitimate claim to a “space to think” that shields them from transparency? In this newly published case note, Maarten Hillebrandt and Liisa Leppävirta argue that the EU courts still have a long way to go to clarify these questions.