Members of the Commission and the Parliament often accuse governments of backing legislation in Council, then dishonestly blaming “Brussels” if the measure proves unpopular.
The secrecy of the Council also helps member states engage in unseemly horse-trading, where ministers do deals to help each other block legislation instead of taking a principled position.
I’d be very pleased if this went ahead, it’s been one of my own issues with the Council of Ministers. Transparency in government (at whatever level, national or transnational) is something all politicians demand, but few are actually willing to truly offer.
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