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Double the secrecy for half the transparency in the Council

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Yesterday, the Working Party on Information of the EU Council discussed the Council mandate for the informal negotiations with the European Parliament for the reform of the EU access to documents law (agenda). On the agenda of that meeting, there were a number of documents containing the details of this possible mandate. According to the […]

A note to Commission spokesperson Antony Gravili

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Dear Mr Gravili, I don’t know whether the EUobserver quoted you out of context, and whether you meant to say that only (or mostly) big corporation lawyers and “nutty NGOs” make use of the EU transparency rules. I don’t know whether you have ever tried yourself to request documents from the European Commission. Maybe you […]

Wenn der Landwirtschaftskommissar auf Facebook reagiert

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Ich bin jetzt nicht so der Agrarpolitikblogger, ich geb’s zu. Aber nachdem ich bei Philip Banse letztens erzählt habe, dass es keine EU-Agrarpolitikbloggerszene gibt, obwohl da 2012 fast 60 Mrd. Euro auf EU-Ebene für ausgegeben werden, dachte ich mir, es wäre mal an der Zeit, mich halt selbst der aktuellen EU-Agrarpolitikreform zu widmen. Ich war […]

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: Public debate and secret negotiations

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Today, the EU Council holds its third orientation debate on the reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (Council background note). That’s the shiny surface of general ideas and positions staged for the public and live streamed on the internet (from ~11/11.15 am). Tomorrow, the Council’s Working Party* on “Internal and External Fisheries Policy” meets, and […]

EU Council transparency: New procedures and 2011 statistics

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Recently, I have remarked changes in the procedures for handling access to documents requests in the EU Council. Especially a new written procedure sparked some protest among EU member states, which led to the need to clarify the difference between the informal and formal procedures in the responsible Working Party on Information (meeting summary, p. […]

First public summary of a meeting of the Council Working Party on Information

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Sometimes, even the EU Council can surprise me. This time by issuing the first ever public summary (as far as I know) of a meeting of the Working Party on Information, which is the working group of member states’ officials dealing with access to documents requests and the reform of Regulation 1049/2001 on Access to EU Documents. […]

Why was ACTA approved in the EU Fisheries Council?

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In December 2011, the EU Council decision to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was approved during a Fisheries Council meeting as an “A-Item”, i.e. without discussion at ministerial level. While both, the fact that a Fisheries Council approves ACTA and that this happens without ministerial debate, may look strange at first sight, these are […]

No April Fools’ Day joke: Waiting eight months for one EU document

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I would love to say that this is an April Fools’ Day joke, but it ain’t. Eight months ago, I have requested 1 document from the European Commission, and I still have not received anything. Initially, access was refused and the ordinary deadlines prolonged, even beyond the legal limits set by EU law. At the […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman: Complaint procedure has started

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After having telephoned with the official responsible at the EU Ombudsman for my complaint against the EU Commission, today I have received the following confirmation from the Ombudsman’s office: “Dear Mr Patz, On 9 November 2011, you submitted a complaint to the European Ombudsman against the Commission concerning its handling of your request for access […]

EU Access to Documents Reform: Council’s view on Parliament’s report

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Last week, the EU Parliament Civil Liberties committee – with the exception of the EPP group – voted in favour of a draft report which in essence supports more access to EU documents (see my blog post). Here is how the EU Council sees the report: “This draft report substantially restricts the possibility to refuse […]

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