Ombudsman slams Commission's censoring of lobbyists' names

In an important decision announced in mid-July, the European Ombudsman has comdemned the European Commission's practice of blanking out of lobbyists' names in documents released under EU access to document rules as 'maladministration'. The Ombudsman's decision follows a complaint submitted by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) in October 2005, after Directorate-General Trade had started systematically censoring the names of industry lobbyists.

The Ombudsman's decision and CEO's response

Examples of media coverage of the Ombudsman's decision


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