RECONNECT Conference: Transparency in the EU: mechanisms and practices

19-20 November 2019, Lille Catholic University (ESPOL)

A common perception regarding the European Union is its impenetrable nature. Citizens most often regard the supranational political system as distant, technocratic or incomprehensible, which in turn partly explains growing levels of distrust. On the formal side, however, transparency has made some great progress in the European Union in recent years. The EU transparency register, for instance, embodies much of the most recent advancements in the field, and is often pictured as one of the most advanced regulations in the world on the subject-matter. Our workshop questions this mismatch between perceptions and actual practices.

The central questions are: What are the effects of openness and transparency arrangements on the political actors’ attitudes and behaviours? Does transparency enhance the legitimacy of the EU? Does it make the EU institutions more accountable?

The conference organised in the framework of the RECONNECT project wants to provide an academic forum for discussing the politics of transparency in the EU and its consequences. In particular, we are interested in the following themes:

  1. Papers that look at how parliaments and other institutions in the EU multi-level setting communicate about their actions and the effect of such communication on the public.
  2. Theoretical and empirical papers on the consequences of transparency, and/or on the advantages and disadvantages of transparency (e.g. versus informality) in terms of effectiveness of decision-making.
  3. Studies that focus on rules and resources allowing the flux of information to take place. Under which conditions is communication transparent and effective?
  4. Papers on the concrete practices of institutions and actors, and their evolution, including the use of the internet and social networks.

Practical Details


Abstract submission deadline: September 20, 2019. Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 250 words to:

Notification of accepted papers: September 30, 2019


There are limited funds available to help defray the costs of participants. The funds will be disbursed as fairly as possible. Priority will be given to junior and independent researchers. If you do not receive travel support from any institution and would like to apply for a travel subsidy, please provide a total estimate for travel and accommodation costs required to attend the conference when you submit your abstract.


Camille Kelbel (UCLille), Julien Navarro (UCLille), Giulia Sandri (UCLille)

Scientific committee: 

Ben Crum (VUA), Camille Kelbel (UCLille), Nicola Lupo (LUISS), Julien Navarro (UCLille), Giulia Sandri (UCLille), Felix von Nostitz (UCLille)