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Implementation

Controversy over Von der Leyen’s secret text exchanges with Pfizer CEO

Text messages that apparently sealed a deal between Commission and Pfizer early 2021 are slowly becoming the centre of broader transparency questions.

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News reports

EU transparency news reports in 2021

Since September 2014, the Open Government in the EU blog scans English-language online news outlets for news on EU transparency. Below, you can find the news digest for 2021.

Central topics in news coverage were opacities caused by the corona pandemic and the rule of law crisis, and the potential reform of the EU’s access to documents regulation.

Euronews correspondent Meabh Mcmahon in front of the European Parliament. Credit: The Drum.
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Legal reform Oversight

European Ombudsman conference: Technological change, legal reform?

Part II: The expert panel sees problems aplenty with Regulation 1049/2001 – but not everyone is keen to trade it for something else.

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

Credit: @GundiGadesmann / European Ombudsman
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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.