The European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. Dataharvest EIJC17 will take place on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday morning 21 May 2017, with a pre-conference Hack Day on Thursday 18 May.
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Saturday, May 20 • 15:15 - 16:15
FOI / Wobbing in the EU

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Requesting access to documents with the EU institutions follows the general structures of freedom of information legislation with some specialities. The EU regulations were all passed in the digital age and thus have particularly strong wording in that field; on the difficult side the EU’s institutions are dealing with a diversity of national administrative cultures, which obviously influence the practice of granting access to documents; finally the law is less than two decades old and legal practice via the EU-ombudsman and the European Court of Justice is only emerging. In this workshop FOI veterans journalist Staffan Dahllöf and transparency advocate Olivier Hoedeman will give you a practical introduction on how to wob the EU. Staffan Dahllöf has decade long experience with wobbing on several levels, he has done systematic comparative between the Nordic countries and the EU, as well as systematic wobbing within the EU system, he is the author of a recent report on transparency in the EU http://oeiceurope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Transparency_report_Final_52p.pdf and on the team of journalists taking the European Parliament to court over lacking access to documents. Olivier Hoedeman, Brussels based EU-lobbywatcher from the Corporate Europe Observatory uses wobbing as a systematic tool to get insights into the working of the EU-institutions with regards to lobbyists.

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Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter, freelance, Denmark
Eager to discuss any matter related to EU-reporting, especially FOI/Wobbing-issues. Have taken part in crossborder project Farmsubsidy.org, the Facebook arrests the MEP's Project, Chlorpyrifos (the most dangerous pesticide you've never heared of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... Read More →
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Olivier Hoedemann

Research and Campaign Coordinator, Corporate Europe Observatory
Olivier Hoedeman is research and campaign coordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory - exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU.

Saturday May 20, 2017 15:15 - 16:15 CEST