A recent report by the Open Procurement EU Coalition warns that the EU is on track to repeat corruption scandals like those that arose during the pandemic. Co-authors Rachel Hanna and Helen Darbishire: “Business as usual isn’t good enough”.
European Ombudsman report reaffirms central place of all matters related to transparency in EU watchdog’s work.
Commission proposal to also allow non-Brussels based press into off-the-record briefings is criticised by Brussels journalists for undermining the trust relationship required for quality journalism – while others question the press corps’ commitment to openness.
Ombudsman considers that initial Council measures were “not in line with the Treaty” and regrets transparency gaps, but stops short of declaring maladministration.