Wednesday, 7 December 2011

EU and eurozone transparency: DIY

Transparency moves in a mysterious way in the European Union. As far as I have been able to ascertain, the president of the European Council and of the Euro Summits, Herman Van Rompuy, has not published his interim report on improving economic union.

Perhaps 502 or 332 million people are wrong to believe that the matter merits public interest in advance of the European Council 8 to 9 December 2011.

Thus, EU citizens are left with recourse to documents leaked, which offends the basic principles of equal treatment and openness.

It also mean a waste of time and effort. Beggars can't be choosers, so let us record our somewhat disparate findings.

In the blog post Réforme de traités, mode d'emploi the journalist and euroblogger Jean Quatremer offered a discrete link to Van Rompuy's letter in French, on the Coulisses de Bruxelles blog.

Le Figaro offers an English version of Van Rompuy's report.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and president Nicolas Sarkozy (Merkozy) promised to finalise their proposals to Van Rompuy and then to publish their joint letter. The Elysee website offers the document in French.

The Bundeskanzlerin website offers the ”Merkozy” letter in German.

I found no English version in either place, so I was happy to note that the quality blogger @placeduluxemb had found the Merkozy letter in English via widely followed @zerohedge (although I did not see the source mentioned).



Ralf Grahn