Wednesday 2 March 2011

EU Council (TTE) more open and transparent (Will it last?)

The advance information was lousy, but I was happy to notice that the Council of the European Union desisted from treating every bit of information about progress on the Europe 2020 growth strategy as a state secret when it communicated after the meeting.

Look at page 7 of the conclusions of the TTE Council, with regard to the draft regulation regarding energy market integrity and transparency:

3072nd Council meeting Transport, Telecommunications and Energy: ENERGY; Brussels, 28 February 2011 (Council document 6950/11; 18 pages)

We have not only references, but links to the relevant documents including a progress report, and an identified as well as retrievable latest version of the regulation text.

Handy links were used more generously than usually in other agenda items as well.

If this marks a new beginning, the European Union has taken a step closer to the openness (transparency) it has promised its citizens.

Hopefully it was more than a flash in the pan.

Ralf Grahn


P.S. In 'Le Dérèglement du monde' the writer Amin Maalouf speaks wisely about the challenges facing mankind, including us Europeans. One of the books every one of us should read.

(FI: already published: 'Maailma järkkyy'; EN: 'Disordered World'; USA publication promised 27 September 2011, UK publishing date 19 September 2011.)

P.S. 2: At a glance the ten latest entries on my three unilingual and one trilingual blog (EN, FI, SV):

Grahnlaw: EU General Affairs Council (GAC) communication: Wrong, stupid and a missed opportunity

Grahnlaw Suomi Finland: EU cohesion policy conclusions reveal lack of transparency

Eurooppaoikeus: Mitä EU:n alue- ja rakennepolitiikasta puuttuu Suomessa?

Grahnlaw Suomi Finland: Yhteisvastuu Euroopan unionissa: Kysyntää riittää

Grahnlaw: From Libya to Brazil, interior goes international (EU Justice and Home Affairs Council)

Grahnlaw Suomi Finland: EU: Jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters (Brussels I revision)

Grahnblawg: EU: Information och energi inför TTE-rådet

Grahnlaw Suomi Finland: Energin inför EU:s vårtoppmöte om ekonomi och näringsliv

Eurooppaoikeus: EU:n energian tukkumarkkinoiden säätely: Paremmin ja avoimemmin

Grahnlaw Suomi Finland: EU2020-strategia: Energia 2020

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