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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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