Transparency in the EU: By whom? For whom? How much?
Brussels has today become an important lobbying place, where a wide range of stakeholders and interest groups are represented.
In this context, transparency is essential to ensure that the exchange of information between policy-makers and stakeholders respects fundamental democratic principles. Transparency is also important within the EU institutions themselves to guarantee citizens’ access to policy-making which significantly affects their lives.
However, various actors understand the notion of transparency differently. Additionally, the concept itself is evolving to include the latest technological and societal developments, such as the idea of “digital transparency”.
EURACTIV invites you to this workshop to discuss the future of transparency in the EU and how to find workable solutions to properly implement transparency. Questions will include:
- Lost in translation – Are there multiple notions of transparency?
- The responsible man – Who is in charge of defining, regulating and enforcing transparency in the EU?
- Better regulation, more transparency – Which EU Member States would be “role models” on transparency? Does the new EU Transparency Register fit this bill?
- Is there ever enough – What exactly is digital transparency and how much of it should we support?
- Citizens of power, citizens of trust – For whom do we want transparency? At what levels during the decision-making process would transparency be most useful to citizens and to social partners?
- Working together – How to facilitate the exchange of best practices among different types of stakeholders?