Press Release: Ombudsman says Member States must open up their opaque negotiations on EU laws

Following a detailed inquiry, the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has found that the Council of the EU – through practices that inhibit the scrutiny of draft EU legislation – undermines citizens’ right to hold their elected representatives to account. This constitutes maladministration. The Ombudsman specifically criticises the Council’s failure systematically to record the identity of Member States taking positions during discussions on draft legislation, and the widespread practice of disproportionately marking documents as not for circulation, or “LIMITE”. The approach falls short of what is expected of the Council in terms of legislative transparency.

Official Journal (C Series): Resolution & Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions

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Amendments: EP INTA Committee on the Annual report on the control of the financial activities of the EIB for 2016

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (14 February 2018)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Mertens Group (13 February 2018)

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (19 – 20 February 2018)

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (21-22 February 2018)

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Agenda: Informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government (23 February 2018)

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Event: EPP Summit March 2018 (Brussels, 22 March 2018)

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Event: High-level conference “EU Cohesion Policy: post 2020 perspectives for convergence and sustainable regions” (Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 June 2018)

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Agenda: Informal meeting of the working group “Competitiveness and Growth” (Varna, Bulgaria, 7 June 2018)

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Event: CPC “European Competition Day” (Sofia, Bulgaria, 31 May 2018)

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Agenda: Trade Policy Committee- Services and Investment (14 February 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Better Regulation) (20 February 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal market) (14 February 2018)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Antici + 1 (13 February 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Information (13 February 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on General Affairs (16 February 2018)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Antici Group (13 February 2018)

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Press Release: Plenary highlights: geo-blocking, Parliament seats, ETS

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Bundesrat (AT)

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Commissioners’ Weekly Activities (12 February – 16 February 2018)

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Official Journal (C Series): European Parliament decision of 9 March 2016 on the conclusion of an Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission (2016/2005(ACI))

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Communication and Annex from the Commission on a credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans

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