EU: Wallstrom: EU needs a commissioner for citizens

EU needs a commissioner for citizens (euobserver, link).

Previous Commissioner Communications says on the Regulation for access to EU documents proposal, for which she was responsible, that:

"There was also the problem of the fact that designating a commissioner for transparency and democracy does not mean that it then automatically transpires. This was particularly so of transparency where she says there is a still a north-south divide on the necessity of being open about documents and how decisions are taken, with Nordic countries traditionally more open. "It has not been easy to move positions on openness and transparency" she says noting that it is "not evident" that the EU should go beyond the current basic rules. In her opinion member states have taken a step back on the issue." (emphasis added)


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