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Lynn Boylan MEP welcomes Ombudsman’s EU transparency demands

3 February, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has today welcomed the news that the EU Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly has recommended a tightening of transparency standards in European decision-making.

Ms Boylan said:

‘The Ombudsman started an investigation in 2014 into the procedure for expert groups. There are over 800 expert groups made up of 25000 industry and civil society stakeholders currently making important recommendation to the Commission on various legislation which shapes the lives of half a billion people in Europe.

 Unfortunately, these so-called expert groups have been accused in the past of being heavily weighted in favour of industry and not transparent in how they conduct their business.

‘Last year I submitted proposals to a European Parliament transparency report where I called for the minutes of these expert group meetings and declarations of interest for each member to be published. 

I am therefore extremely pleased the Ombudsman is also concerned with the lack of transparency in the current operation of these groups. It is important for the democratic process that citizens can see the composition of these groups, the views each member expressed and how these influence legislative decisions by the Commission.

‘I look forward to hearing the how the Commission intends to implement the necessary recommendations required of an open and transparent mode of decision making.’


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