Categories
Research

The Council ‘repairs’ EU transparency rules informally

A new publication in the Journal of Common Market Studies by TrUE project researcher Maarten Hillebrandt demonstrates how informality may help explain anomalies in Council transparency policy.

Categories
Civil society News reports

European journalist collective launches series of publications on Council secrecy

A collective of European journalists investigating European Union politics has recently launched a investigative study into the secrecy of Council decision making.

Categories
Legal reform Practice

The big lesson after ten years of EU transparency reforms? You will never get it right

The Lisbon Treaty recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The Treaty, which laid the fundament for a reformed European Union, entered into force with the promise that European decision making would become more transparent, and therefore more democratic. On the tenth birthday, Maarten Hillebrandt considers what has come of these ambitions.

Credit: El País.
Categories
Legal reform Practice Research

Transparency reforms “better served” by withholding access, access applicant is told

The Council’s ongoing transparency overhaul continues to attract public attention.

Last summer, the Council entered a reorientation process of its internal access to documents policy. The internal reforms, which are still ongoing, were sparked by a highly critical report published by the European Ombudsman, as well as a court judgment which found current access practices in informal trilogue negotiations on legislative dossiers between the Council and the European Parliament to contravene EU transparency law. A recent confirmatory application (appeal) decision highlights the public attention for these reform negotiations.