Transparency: A transformative value to reform a crisis-shaken EU?

Jeudi, 1 Juin, 2017 - 16:00 to 20:00


Seminar ARC ValEUR
Transparency: A transformative value to reform a crisis-shaken EU?

The workshop will explore the following questions: How do actors compete for the definition of transparency as a stake and/or a political resource? How does transparency co-exist and interact with other potentially contradictory European values such as accountability and participatory democracy, or with principles of autonomy and rationality of technocratic agents? Which instruments are promoted to enact transparency in European decision- and policy-making?
            1. The academic panel will discuss more specifically the efforts of the EU to increase “throughput legitimacy” – a legitimacy not based on inputs by citizens but on the quality of decision-making processes. Transparency can be analysed through the political instruments developed to foster it in combination with the increasing reliance on bureaucratic and scientific expertise. Transparency is also part of a broader moral discourse on “best practices”, conceived not only in functional but also in ethical terms.
2. The practitioners will be invited to present their own views on transparency as a European value, and on the tools to enact it. They will discuss the balance between independence, democratic accountability and transparency, as well as recent evolutions within the European political sphere.


Academic panel
Marylou Hamm – IEP de Strasbourg, CEVIPOL/Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles: “Opaque institutions promoting transparency. Conflicting priorities in times of Eurozone crisis”
David Heald – University of Glasgow: “The uses and abuses of transparency”.
Jana Vargovčíková – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre - La Défense, Charles University, Prague : “Translating transparency at national levels. The choice of policy instruments in lobbying regulations in Poland and the Czech Republic”.
Chair – François Foret, CEVIPOL/Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles
Discussant – Oriane Calligaro, CEVIPOL/Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles
Practitioners’ panel
Matthias Blaas – European Court of Auditors: “Transparency in practice – The example of European financial supervisors”
Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm – Transparency International: “Transparency as a tool for proper accountability”
Ludovic Lamant – Journalist, Mediapart : “Mirages de la ‘transparence’ et ravages de la ‘communication’”.
Philippe Lamberts – Member of the European Parliament: “The least they know, the better”.
Graham Smith – Member of Cabinet of the European Ombudsman: “Progressive Transparency – Beyond the Access to Documents Regulation”


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