From today's Open Europe news summary:
European Commission considers independent scrutiny board to assess new EU laws – as proposed by Open Europe in 2009
This is a typical end run around democracy. An "independent scrutiny board" would be not be independent. Public choice theory tells us that there is no such thing as an altruistic politician or bureaucrat. Not only would members of such a board still be subject to political pressure, they would have no basis upon which to make their decisions. The so-called facts that they would collect and "scrutinize" are too numerous and controversial.
The EU can never be more than a consultative body of representatives from sovereign nations answerable to national governments who, in turn, are answerable to the electorate. Politics may be messy at the national level, but no one should harbor the illusion that they are absent at the supra-national level. If anything, politics at the supra-national lever are more dangerous because the appointees and bureaucrats are another step removed from the oversight of the people through their democratically elected representatives.