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Oversight

European Ombudsman to hold conference on the future of access to EU documents

High-level and expert panels to explore the impact of new technologies on the functioning and expectations of the transparency concept.

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Civil society Oversight

European Ombudsman launches stakeholder survey on access to documents

Survey comes in the 20th anniversary year of the EU’s first access to documents act (Regulation 1049/2001), and ahead of a dedicated conference to be held in November.

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Legal reform

The New Statute of the European Ombudsman and Transparency

The European Parliament has recently adopted a new Statute for the European Ombudsman. Nikos Vogiatzis argues that, while this is a welcome development, the new provisions mainly codify or solidify existing practices, and therefore may not be seen as a significant strengthening of the European Ombudsman’s mandate.

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Legal reform

Council adopts new voluntary guidelines on Presidency sponsorship

Guidelines contain non-compelling language and continue to suggest that the Presidency is not part of the Council.

In 2019, the Romanian Presidency caused a stir when it accepted sponsorship from sugary fizzy-drink producer Coca-Cola.