When acting in its legislative mode the Council should meet in public and its proceedings - including the amendments discussed and voting records - should be published. Not only would this add clarity to the often Byzantine methods by which EU laws come into being, it would also help national parliamentarians to hold their ministers to account and improve the quality of information available to the European Parliament, as well as keeping the electorate aware of what is being done in their name.
This reform is essential whatever direction the Union takes after the 1996 IGC, whether towards a closer federal structure or a looser community of nation states. Either way the Council must open up its proceedings to become truly accountable to its citizens.
International Relations Committee
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