The Institutions of the European Union endeavour to be transparent, open and accessible. They want to be seen in the best possible light by the public at large. We share this objective, and intend to contribute to its achievement.
The rise of open data in the public sector has sparked innovation, driven efficiency, and fueled economic development. And in the vein of high-profile federal initiatives like Data.gov and the White House’s Open Government Initiative, more and more local governments are making their foray into the field with Chief Data Officers, open data policies, and open data catalogs.
While still emerging, we are seeing evidence of the transformative potential of open data in shaping the future of our civic life. It’s at the local level that government most directly impacts the lives of residents—providing clean parks, fighting crime, or issuing permits to open a new business. This is where there is the biggest opportunity to use open data to reimagine the relationship between citizens and government.
Beyond Transparency is a cross-disciplinary survey of the open data landscape, in which practitioners share their own stories of what they’ve accomplished with open civic data. It seeks to move beyond the rhetoric of transparency for transparency’s sake and towards action and problem solving. Through these stories, we examine what is needed to build an ecosystem in which open data can become the raw materials to drive more effective decision-making and efficient service delivery, spur economic activity, and empower citizens to take an active role in improving their own communities.
The rapid development of information and communication technologies underscores the growing need for the robust protection of personal data - a right safeguarded by both European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) instruments.
Technological advances expand the frontiers of, for example, surveillance, communication interception and data storage; all of these pose significant challenges to the right to data protection. This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the EU's and the CoE's applicable legal frameworks. It explains key jurisprudence, summarising major rulings of both the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Where no such case law exists, it presents practical illustrations with hypothetical scenarios.
In a nutshell, this handbook aims to help ensure that the right to data protection is upheld with vigour and determination.
A survey which forms part of the study “Open Justice: transparency and proximity to justice within the current context of Open Government” is now available for public participation. The study intends to explore the concept of Open Justice using the philosophy and principles of Open Government and apply those to the sphere of law.
The Publications Office launched the new portal to EU law. Clearly structured, attractively designed and with improved content, it offers you interesting new features. The EUR-Lex website is now the single point of access to legal information of the European Union: the Official Journal, EU law and case-law, consolidated versions of EU legislation, legislative procedures and other collections. The new portal uses innovative technologies and insights in information management — such as linked data technologies — and thus paves the way for cutting-edge functionalities and a better user experience.
Parltrack is a European initiative to improve the transparency of legislative processes. It combines information on dossiers, representatives, vote results and committee agendas into a unique database and allows the tracking of dossiers using email and RSS. Most of the data presented is also available for further processing in JSON format. Using Parltrack it's easy to see at a glance which dossiers are being handled by committees and MEPs.