Annual report underlines EU transparency obligations – even in times of Covid

European Ombudsman report reaffirms central place of all matters related to transparency in EU watchdog’s work.

Keeping an eye on EU Covid governance.
Legal reform

IIA on a ‘mandatory’ lobby register published in the Official Journal

Publication concludes a negotiating process that lasted more than four years. Critics still see many obstacles to the proper public scrutiny of lobbyists’ influence on EU decision making.

Representatives of the three institutions announce the conclusion of the negotiations for the IIA on mandatory lobby transparency in December 2020.
Civil society

Meijers Committee publishes note on proliferation of ‘WK’ documents in the Council

Expert committee voices concern about the consequences of informal Council document category for transparency law and the democratic legitimacy of EU legislation.


Council to appeal the Pech judgment

Institution’s step comes after its Legal Service advices member state ambassadors to initiate proceedings, on grounds left invisible to the public.

They’d rather not have their expenditure of EU funds checked for rule of law breaking elements.