The Dutch government, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, has recently announced that it will host a “transparency unconference” in Amsterdam on 1 June.
Team members of the Open Government in the EU research group recently presented their view of openness and secrecy in the EU institutions in presentations held in Berlin and Brussels.
On Sunday 19 October, professor Deirdre Curtin entered into a dialogue with Carolin Emcke in a public event entitled “Keine Demokratie. Nirgends?“. The dialogue concerned issues of openness and mistrust of European decision making, and took place in the context of Curtin’s research stay at the Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin during the academic year 2014-2015.
On Monday 20 October, Maarten Hillebrandt gave a presentation at an ERA conference on access to documents. The presentation addressed recent experiences with regulation 1049/2001 in practice in the EU’s core institutions. The Europaïsche Rechtsakademie (ERA) offers regular seminars on specific areas of European law for practitioners inside and outside of the European institutions.
The Court of Justice of the EU dismisses in full the Council’s appeal against an earlier judgement in the much publicised Access Info Europe case.
The long awaited judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the Access Info Europe appeal was finally handed down last week, on 17 October. After losing a case against Access Info Europe (AIE) in front of the lower General Court, the Council appealed. The CJEU now has found that the General Court’s judgement was correct and must therefore be upheld. In total, three separate pleas in law filed by the Council were refuted.
The Council of the European Union defends its appeal in Luxembourg. On Thursday 21 February, the litigating parties in the Access Info Europe case appeal convened at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg for a hearing. This marks the next step in this case, since the the Council contested the General Court’s ruling by bringing an appeal.