Wednesday, 18 March 2009

European Council: Nordic spoilers?

What future lies in store for cultures of official secrecy and judicious leaks to favoured journalists? Those Nordics have realised that most people yawn, when they hear the European Union mentioned.

This afternoon the EU committees of the Danish parliament (Folketinget) and the Swedish parliament (Riksdag) have discussed the agenda of the spring European Council with their prime ministers. The web-tv recordings are available for those who missed the live hearings.

In addition, in both countries the draft conclusions are available to the public.

I have two questions:

Is government (or European Union) business at risk through these revelations?

When and how is the public informed ahead of the EU summits in other member states?


Ralf Grahn