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Civil society

Secrecy over Brexit agreement (Part II)

Necessarily restricted public participation? Ombudsman confirmed her findings of maladministration by the Council in absence of increased access to Council Legal Service’s opinion.

While the EU was praised for its transparency in negotiations with the exiting United Kingdom, this openness appears not to extend to its internal legal advice regarding the negotiation process. In this sequel to her previous blog post, Vellamo Jutila analyses the legal exchange following her a complaint to the European Ombudsman concerning the Council’s decision refusing her access to this legal advice.

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Implementation Oversight

EO issues guidelines for EU administrative bodies regarding text message transparency

Concise overview of mobile phone transparency best practices presented in light-hearted text message format.

Detail from the European Ombudsman’s text transparency guidelines brochure, July 2022.
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Legal reform

Russian lobbyists to be barred from accessing EU decision makers

Decision taken well into the Russian invasion in Ukraine and after considerable pressure on the institution representing EU member states.

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Research

WhatsApp Europe?

How official instant messaging can be made accessible is a big question. Whether it is compatible with democracy is a bigger one, Jonathan White argues.

Ursula von der Leyen—government by instant messaging carries a political subtext (Etienne Ansotte / European Commission)