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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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Legal reform

Confidentiality of Council’s national tax laws discussion group under scrutiny

Notorious Code of Conduct Group has operated in secrecy for twenty-four years, a norm that is again called into question now that the group’s mandate comes up for revision.

Credit: RECONNECT blog.
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Legal reform Oversight

European Ombudsman conference discusses access to documents law in changed technological context

Part I: In the high-level panel, everyone agrees to move forward – in their own direction.

Conference signals start of a broader call to reopen revision of EU access to documents law. First part of two reports on where the EU stands with access to documents.

Photo: snapshot from conference livestream.
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Jurisprudence

Council faces new wave of judicial scrutiny of its access to documents policy

Three recent cases mark an end to the lull in access litigation against the Council of recent years.

Credit: Corporate Europe Observatory.