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    How transparency can be improved in the way EU laws are negotiated and agreed

How transparency can be improved in the way EU laws are negotiated and agreed

The EU’s legislative process has often been criticised from the perspective that it lacks transparency. Aidan O’Sullivan outlines the findings of a recent inquiry by the European Ombudsman on the transparency of so called ‘Trilogue’ negotiations, where representatives of the European Parliament and national Ministers meet to negotiate and agree on a common final text for a law.

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    Anti-corruption after Brexit: What is left of David Cameron’s legacy?

Anti-corruption after Brexit: What is left of David Cameron’s legacy?

David Cameron’s government frequently emphasised the need to tackle corruption, both within the UK and abroad. Daniel Hough assesses how this picture is likely to change following Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister. He writes that with Brexit posing a number of challenges for May’s government, there is a danger […]

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    Barroso and Goldman Sachs: Has the EU regulatory state yielded to big business interests?

Barroso and Goldman Sachs: Has the EU regulatory state yielded to big business interests?

The appointment of former President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso as an adviser at Goldman Sachs has generated criticism in recent weeks, with some observers arguing that it represents a clear conflict of interest. Luís de Sousa writes that Barroso’s appointment highlights the need for more effective conflict of interest standards and clearance procedures for Commissioners, and […]

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How to nudge Barroso out of the revolving door

The appointment of former EC chief José Manuel Barroso as an adviser at Goldman Sachs has raised eyebrows, but many observers have fretted to comment that the move, though morally questionable, was entirely legal. But how legitimate is this defence in reality? Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson argue the time has come to redefine what we think of as tolerable in the political space […]

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    Making EU decisions more visible to the public: how transparency in the Council has developed since 2001

Making EU decisions more visible to the public: how transparency in the Council has developed since 2001

A common criticism of the EU’s legislative process is that decisions are often made behind closed doors, particularly when government ministers negotiate agreements in the Council of the European Union. Jørgen Bølstad and James P Cross present findings from a study on how transparency in the Council has developed since 2001, when formal rules were agreed to regulate the […]

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    Increasing the transparency of the ECB could do more harm than good

Increasing the transparency of the ECB could do more harm than good

Earlier this year, the European Central Bank agreed to release minutes of its governing council meetings in response to criticism over the lack of transparency in its decision-making. Sebastian Diessner writes that while there are good reasons to support the ECB becoming more transparent, lessons should also be learned from the experiences of other central banks. He notes that […]

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    Why too much transparency is a bad thing: the Warsh Review on transparency in the Bank of England

Why too much transparency is a bad thing: the Warsh Review on transparency in the Bank of England

A report was published this week by former Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh, based on a review of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee’s transparency practices and procedures. Warsh makes five broad recommendations for creating a balance between the demand for greater transparency and the intrinsic defence of genuine deliberation as the foundation for sound policymaking. Cheryl […]

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    A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Council could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics

A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Council could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics

David Cameron has asked for a public vote to be held in the European Council on the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission. Sara Hagemann writes that this would be a bold step as it would challenge the tradition of ‘consensus politics’ which has dominated key decisions over European integration in the past. […]

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Transparency in the Council of the European Union has increased over the last decade, but only for the least controversial negotiations

The Council of the European Union has often been criticised from the perspective that it lacks transparency in its decision-making. James P. Cross assesses the censorship of Council records in the period since transparency legislation was introduced in 2001. He notes that while transparency has increased during this period, censorship of Council records is much more common in areas with […]

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Spain’s new transparency law could become the first step into a real process of institutional regeneration.

Public scrutiny through freedom of information is a fundamental element of a well-functioning democracy, and Spain is one of only three EU nations that do not have such an access to information law. However, recent moves by the new government to introduce a transparency law could pave the way towards greater public trust of the government. José Javier Olivas and Fabrizio Scrollini […]

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Der Bologna-Prozess zur Schaffung eines einheitlichen euopäischen Hochschulraums ist eine unpopuläre politische Maßnahme, die zwar auf internationaler Ebene, aber außerhalb des EU-Rahmenvertragwerks beschlossen wurde und so einen transparenten und demokratischen Gesetzsgebungsprozess umgeht.

Während die Europäische Union (EU) eine relativ transparente und demokratische Gesetzgebung ermöglicht, hat der Bologna-Prozess, der auf eine europaweite Vergleichbarkeit von Bildungsabschlüssen abzielt, genau diese Strukturen umgangen, meint Sascha Garben. Wissenschaftler, Politiker und die Öffentlichkeit sollten diese bildungspolitischen Entwicklungen des letzten Jahrzehnts, in der Bildung wie Ware behandelt wurde, kritisch analysieren. Europäisches Recht ist elementar für Universitätsbildung in Europa. Es […]

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The Bologna Process on higher education is an unpopular policy decided at the international level but outside the EU framework, circumventing transparent and democratic legislative processes.

While the EU’s institutions provide for relatively transparent and democratic legislative processes, these processes have been circumvented by the Bologna Process, which aims to make academic standards comparable across Europe, argues Sacha Garben. She also calls upon scholars, politicians, policy makers and the wider public to critically analyse the educational policy developments of the past decade which treat education as […]

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Five minutes with Alexander Alvaro: “Compared to a decade ago, we have become ‘transparent citizens’”

Alexander Alvaro, Vice President of the European Parliament, reflects recent efforts to preserve the Eurozone, the UK’s relationship with the EU, and protecting citizen’s freedoms in the digital age. Do you think the Euro will be still with us in 5 years time? Yes. Despite all the turmoil in the last years, the Euro has proven to be a strong […]

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