Expert groups are often behind legislative proposals of the European Commission. These groups are frequently dominated by large companies’ interests. Trade unions and civil society organizations are underrepresented or not represented at all. The lack of transparency of the recruitment process of experts for these groups, as well as concerns about its democratic legitimacy have prompted the European Parliament to freeze the budget of these groups in 2011. Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman, took up this issue on her own initiative and launched a public consultation that will end on 31 August 2014.
Pascoe Sabido, from ALTER-EU Steering Committee member CEO (Corporate Europe Observatory) will participate in this panel discussion, organised by the ÖGB Europabüro (the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation) and AK EUROPA (the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour).
Ska Keller, Member of the European Parliament, Greens
Patrick Itschert, Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation ETUC
Representative of the European Commission (tbc)
Rosita Agnew, Own-initiative inquiries coordinator, European Ombudsman
Pascoe Sabido, Corporate Europe Observatory CEO
Detlef Fechtner, Börsen-Zeitung
The discussion will be held in English.
Please register for the event before September 5, 2014: