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Commission promises transparency for all groups influencing EU policy

"The European Commission has agreed to publish documents on the work of a high-level group that shaped the EU's military research programme and has said that any future such groups should be subject to the same transparency rules as other Commission-appointed expert bodies.

In September 2018, following a July 2017 complaint from the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT), the European Ombudsman concluded that the 'Group of Personalities on the Preparatory Action on Common Security and Defence Policy-related research' (GoP), which played a key role in the establishment of the EU's new multi-billion euro military research programme (EurActiv, link), should retrospectively be made subject to "an appropriate level of transparency."

The Commission has now agreed to "publish meeting agendas, minutes, as well as participants’ submissions related to the work of the GoP," unless such publication would undermine any of the protected interests set out in the EU's rules on access to documents."

Commission promises transparency for all groups influencing EU policy (Statewatch, 6 March 2019)

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