Transparency in the EU: Constitutional Overtones, Institutional Dynamics, and the Escape Hatch of Secrecy

Adam Lazowski and Steven Blockmans (eds), Research handbook on EU institutional law (Edward Elgar), pp. 190-219

Posted: 14 Dec 2017

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Deirdre Curtin

European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Maarten Hillebrandt

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Transparency is one of those rare few European institutional principles that, upon their introduction, directly stirred an intense and fundamental debate. It has at times been appraised, contested and nuanced. Part of the ‘buzz’ around transparency has exactly been the product of this apparent ambiguity, which has led it to mean different things to different people. Nonetheless, over a period of 20 years, the legal principle of transparency has come a long way, undergoing a considerable process of development and expansion. Hence, while the academic literature has for long approached EU transparency as a new and innovative legal concept, today its relatively institutionalised status no longer supports such a characterisation.

Suggested Citation

Curtin, Deirdre M. and Hillebrandt, Maarten, Transparency in the EU: Constitutional Overtones, Institutional Dynamics, and the Escape Hatch of Secrecy (2016). Adam Lazowski and Steven Blockmans (eds), Research handbook on EU institutional law (Edward Elgar), pp. 190-219. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086110

Deirdre M. Curtin (Contact Author)

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Maarten Hillebrandt

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

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