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European Union Integrity System reports

In 2014, we published the Transparency International EU integrity system study, providing a baseline assessment of the accountability, transparency and integrity mechanisms at 10 EU institutions. We have seen many reforms since. One year into the...
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A glimmer of light in the EU Council’s black box?

EU lobby transparency has long been a topic that is high on the agenda for campaign groups, politicians, the media, and citizens. The patchy approach at EU level has left it at risk of undue influence and subject to ‘black box decision making’....
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Vanishing Act: The Eurogroup’s Accountability

Download the report here.  Who governs the euro area? The informal nature of the Eurogroup and the limited transparency of its decision making makes this a difficult question to answer. Yet knowing who is in charge is the very prerequisite of...
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ECJ rules that trilogues need to be transparent

An important step towards more transparent EU institutions was taken today, with the European Court of Justice’s ruling that access to documents relating to ongoing trilogues must be given by the EU institutions. In 2015, the former head of the...
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“The Council is a black box”

It’s good to see that others are finally calling the Council of the European Union for what it is: a black box of decision making. Citizens are mostly left in the dark on what positions their national governments are taking, supposedly in their...
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Why Juncker’s ethics reforms deserve a B+

It’s September and back to school for the European Commission, which has come out with some very welcome changes to how the ethics around the institution are governed. After former President Barroso’s move to Goldman Sachs,...