The Commission's new rules on Expert Groups: the good, the bad, the ugly and the even uglier
Commission reforms fall far short of civil society, Parliament and Ombudsman expectations
After years of claiming there was no need, the Commission has finally reformed the horizontal rules that govern its advisory groups, formally called 'Expert Groups'. There are two positive changes, relics from the last Commission, yet the reforms leave big business unchallenged in dominating the groups and therefore steering policy. Is this the end of Expert Group reform for another five years, or will the European Parliament have one last throw of the dice?