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Concerns raised over EU administration reform proposals

The EU's Administrative Affairs Commissioner, Maros Sefcovic, has said he has concerns about a report by the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on administrative procedure laws in the EU.

The report debated on 14 January 2013 recommends introducing a single EU Law of Administrative Practice to provide better legal clarity and certainty for people dealing with EU administration.

But Commissioner Sefcovic said that staff at EU institutions were bound by "codes of good administrative procedure".

He warned that introducing a single code for all institutions could have unintended consequences, "such as a lack of flexibility, over-simplification or over-complexity".

Danish Green MEP Margrete Auken warned that EU citizens felt that "EU institutions are trying to protect themselves from citizens, when it should be the other way around".

Meanwhile Finnish liberal MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki, a former Finnish prime minister, said that a single set of rules would help counter accusations that "officials aren't abiding by the rules".

The vote on the report will take place during the voting session from 11am on 15 January 2013.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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