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Ombudsman demands more transparency

Expert groups should publish minutes and set out positions expressed by members, European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has told the European Commission.

In recommendations published on 2 February, O’Reilly told the Commission that to further improve the transparency of its expert groups, it should publish comprehensive minutes of their meetings.

The watchdog’s inquiry recommended that to enable citizens to see more clearly how expert advice feeds into EU policy-making, the Commission should publish meeting agendas and background documents in advance and that minutes should include the positions expressed by group members. An expert group’s deliberations may be kept confidential but only in exceptional cases, O’Reilly said in her recommendations.

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