Extracts from the statements by P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, European Ombudsman, during the plenary session of the EESC
P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, European Ombudsman, participated in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee, on 13 May 2009 in Brussels, to talk about the expectations of European citizens concerning the workings of the European institutions and, in particular, the transparency of their procedures.
P. Nikiforos Diamandouros explained that the situation is far from perfect because a growing number of complaints that he investigates concern lack of transparency and more specifically refusal of access to documents or pieces of information. He added that it is important that for the future the momentum which has built up towards greater and greater openness be maintained. SHOTLIST