EU’s ‘anti-leaks strategy’ leaked

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"EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission will launch an “anti-leaks strategy” on Friday (30 September) to prevent key policy documents being circulated to the media, and avoid further “reputational damage” to the EU’s flagship institution, has learned....

The European Commission may at times decide to leak information at its own initiative, to test the waters on a given policy proposal, or when it favours its own political agenda....

The European Commission will launch its anti-leaks strategy on 30 September. During the closed-door meeting of the director-generals, Souka recalled the sanctions that officials could face in the event that they breach their obligations.

The attendees commented that all EU institutions should adopt “a common stance” on how to minimise the risk of leaks. They also suggested raising awareness of the importance of an ‘anti-leak’ stance by organising “ethics days”.

Meanwhile, the anti-leaks strategy was heavily criticised by trade unions, which sees it as “a form of moral harassement” that will put officials under “inquisitorial practices”.

In an open letter sent to Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, the European Civil Service Federation warned that the actions and methods of the strategy are “not only ill-adapted, but also counterproductive and even deceptively pernicious”."

See: EU’s ‘anti-leaks strategy’ leaked (euractiv, link)

And see: EULEAKS - a European platform where you can submit information in a highly secure and anonymous way (link)

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