During the coming months, several presentations and/or discussions on transparency of the European Union are planned in which members of the Open Government project or affiliated researchers take part.
Early March sees two presentations on the interactions between transparency, democracy, and governance in the Council of the EU, in Lausanne and Brussels.
On Wednesday 4 March, Open Government in the EU team member Maarten Hillebrandt will give a presentation at the University of Lausanne with the title “Babylonian speech confusion? Transparency’s Role in EU Council Democracy”. The presentation will take place in the context of the spring seminar series “Politique Suisse – enjeux et dilemmes”, convened by the Laboratoire d’analyse de la gouvernance et de l’action publique en Europe (LAGAPE), where Maarten is currently a visiting researcher. See here for more information.
On Thursday 5 March, dr. Stéphanie Novak (Université Catholique de Lille/EHESS Paris) will present work on the relation between transparency and decisional efficiency at the ESPOL Lille/ULB Brussels conference on “The quality of democracy within institutions and organisations”. Click on the flyer for more information.
Team members of the Open Government in the EU research group recently presented their view of openness and secrecy in the EU institutions in presentations held in Berlin and Brussels.
On Sunday 19 October, professor Deirdre Curtin entered into a dialogue with Carolin Emcke in a public event entitled “Keine Demokratie. Nirgends?“. The dialogue concerned issues of openness and mistrust of European decision making, and took place in the context of Curtin’s research stay at the Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin during the academic year 2014-2015.
On Monday 20 October, Maarten Hillebrandt gave a presentation at an ERA conference on access to documents. The presentation addressed recent experiences with regulation 1049/2001 in practice in the EU’s core institutions. The Europaïsche Rechtsakademie (ERA) offers regular seminars on specific areas of European law for practitioners inside and outside of the European institutions.