Transparency of decision-making in the Council of the European Union Contents


Terms of reference


1 Introduction

Our inquiry

2 Transparency principles

Current requirements

Interpretation of the requirements

Transparency of the Council acting as a legislator

Separation of the legislative and executive functions

The desirability of transparency


3 Transparency in practice

Information about decision-making inside the Council

Transparency of the pre-Council stage

The role of preparatory bodies

Transparency of final decisions reached by the Council

Differences in application of the rules across different Council formations

Impacts of decision-making by consensus

Informal decision-making

Use of public statements

Public access to information


4 Role of Government and Parliament



Appendix 1: The dynamics and transparency of decision-making in the Council

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Session

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24 May 2016