Transparency of decision-making in the Council of the European Union Contents

Contents

Terms of reference

Summary

1 Introduction

Our inquiry

2 Transparency principles

Current requirements

Interpretation of the requirements

Transparency of the Council acting as a legislator

Separation of the legislative and executive functions

The desirability of transparency

Conclusion

3 Transparency in practice

Information about decision-making inside the Council

Transparency of the pre-Council stage

The role of preparatory bodies

Transparency of final decisions reached by the Council

Differences in application of the rules across different Council formations

Impacts of decision-making by consensus

Informal decision-making

Use of public statements

Public access to information

Conclusions

4 Role of Government and Parliament

Conclusions

Conclusions

Appendix 1: The dynamics and transparency of decision-making in the Council

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Session





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