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Legal reform Oversight

Dutch parliament solicits advice on EU transparency from Venice Commission

On 20 February, the Dutch parliament adopted a motion concerning the EU’s transparency policy.

The motion underlines the fundamental democratic importance of transparency as well as the risk-sharing and redistributive character of the Eurozone, followed by a request to the Venice Commission to issue an advice on “possible shortcomings and possible improvements to the democratic oversight of the European Union and the Eurozone by the Dutch parliament”. In particular, it requests the Venice Commission to focus on transparency of the legislative process, particularly trilogues, the EU’s budget and other financial resources, the Eurogroup and the ESM, the ECB, and the oversight of financial institutions under the Banking Union.

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Oversight

European Ombudsman inquiry criticises Council’s legislative opacity

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly
Photo: European Parliament (via EUObserver.com)

Today European Ombudsman O’Reilly presented the outcomes of her own-initiative inquiry of the transparency of Council preparatory bodies in the negotiation of EU legislative acts. Significantly, the Ombudsman found instances of maladministration, which signifies the strongest sanction her office can provide.

The European Ombudsman’s concludes her inquiry with the observation that the current way in which the legislative procedure in the Council is set out, it is impossible for citizens to have timely access to sufficient information on the general development of legislative dossiers and specific inputs offered by the different member states. The Ombudsman concludes that:

“[T]he Council of the EU – through practices that inhibit the scrutiny of draft EU legislation – undermines citizens’ right to hold their elected representatives to account. This constitutes maladministration.”

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Legal reform Oversight

Members of Dutch parliament present draft European Information Law

On 17 March, two members of the Dutch parliament presented a draft European Information Law.

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Implementation Oversight Research

Presentations and discussions on EU transparency across North-Western Europe

During the coming months, several presentations and/or discussions on transparency of the European Union are planned in which members of the Open Government project or affiliated researchers take part.

The Thorbecke Room of the Dutch House of Representatives.