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There’s been Swissleaks, Luxleaks, NSA leaks and Yanukovychleaks. There are stories about shell companies buying up New York, Petrobras bribery investigations and politicians laundering their money. There is the ICIJ, the GIJN, the BIJ, and the OCCRP (to name but …

Posted 24 Feb 2015 LATEST POST No Comments

European Corruption Observatory

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UK ‘Cash-for-access’ scandal: lessons for the EU institutions

A new scandal broke in the UK yesterday, with two former foreign secretaries being caught on camera by undercover journalists appearing to offering their contacts and access in return for payment. The journalists introduced themselves on behalf of a fictitious …

Posted 24 Feb 2015 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying

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New Commission: so far, so good?

With anything between 15-30,000 lobby organisations in Brussels vying for the attention of policy makers, it can often be a challenge just to get a meeting and get your story heard. Which is why it was a nice surprise last …

Posted 19 Feb 2015 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Budget

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The reality of being a whistleblower

Popular culture often idealises whistleblowers. They are portrayed as heroes fighting for truth, rights, even life, in battles reminiscent of David and Goliath. They are celebrated as defenders of humanity who should be protected and rewarded for their courage. The …

Posted 12 Feb 2015 1 Comment

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, European Corruption Observatory

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Lobby Register: when is mandatory mandatory?

European Commission VP Frans Timmermans attended an open group meeting of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament yesterday (4 Feb), answering questions. MEP Sven Giegold pressed him on the suggested legal basis for the mandatory lobby register. See the …

Posted 5 Feb 2015 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying

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EIB – Regression Postponed

We have blogged here before on the attempt by the European Investment Bank to roll back on transparency commitments when revising its official transparency policy late last year. The revisions include a number of regressive measures, including a blanket presumption …

Posted 4 Feb 2015 No Comments

Access to EU Documents, Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Financial Sector, Uncategorized

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Banking Transparency: Managing Risks, Maximizing Opportunity

On November 06 at the European Parliament as part of the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC), we organized an event on the Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRDIV) that obliges credit institutions and investment firms  to disclose key financial information on a country-by-country …

Posted 21 Jan 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity, EU Financial Sector

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How country-by-country reporting could have made Lux Leaks unnecessary

The lux leaks saga moved up a couple of gears last week. First of all, a large number of MEPs broke ranks with their leadership to publicly back a European Parliament committee of enquiry into the so-called ‘sweetheart deals’ that …

Posted 20 Jan 2015 1 Comment

EU Corporate Integrity, Uncategorized

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Time for a ‘slow politics’ movement

The need for speed has led to a number of political innovations, most notoriously the ‘trilogue’ process This opinion piece was published in the EU Observer – read it here  Conversation overheard between two senior Commission officials: Official 1: “Things …

Posted 15 Jan 2015 No Comments

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The EU can lead the way in the fight against money laundering

On December 09th, International Anti-Corruption Day, the Vice-Chair of Transparency International, Elena Panfilova, visited Brussels to open our photo exhibition “Corruption in Focus” at the European Parliament. Her visit could not have been timelier. Last week the EP approved the …

Posted 15 Dec 2014 No Comments

EU Anti-Money Laundering

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Video: Concerns for EU in Transparency International corruption index

Elena Panfilova, Vice-Chair of Transparency International,debates corruption issues in the EU with Dusko Lopandic, Serbian Ambassador to the EU and Ana Gomes, Portuguese Socialist Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Among the issues …

Posted 12 Dec 2014 No Comments

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International Anti-Corruption Day: Critical Moment to Tackle Money Laundering

On International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency International EU highlights that the EU is at a critical moment to tackle illicit financial flows. The final negotiation meeting for the revision of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive approaches on 16 December, which could require …

Posted 9 Dec 2014 No Comments

EU Anti-Money Laundering

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Safeguarding against corruption: the EU and REDD+

This week the global climate change negotiations are kicking off in Lima, Peru. The 196 countries which have signed up to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which includes the EU and all its Member States, will come …

Posted 3 Dec 2014 No Comments

EU Climate Finance, Uncategorized

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: EU’s role in facilitating global corruption

  In the 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), four out of the top five performing countries are European (Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway). However Europe cannot be complacent about the role it plays in facilitating corruption elsewhere. …

Posted 3 Dec 2014 No Comments

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How to survive in the outback

Dear President van Rompuy and President Juncker, While out in Australia at the G20 meeting this weekend I am sure you will have been warned about the dangers of the outback and are taking a few precautionary measures to survive. …

Posted 13 Nov 2014 No Comments

EU Anti-Money Laundering, Uncategorized

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EU Integrity Watch: facts vs fiction

EU Integrity Watch, a user-friendly database that allows the public to better monitor potential conflicts of interests or to identify those MEPs with a large number of outside activities.

Posted 10 Nov 2014 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying

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Commission gives green light to tax transparency for banks

Since the global financial crisis all parts of society have been asked, in different ways, to contribute to the necessary measures to face the new challenges. The need to prevent such a financial, economic and social catastrophe from happening again …

Posted 31 Oct 2014 No Comments

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New EU Commission should walk the talk of transparency in its enlargement negotiations

Author: Tinatin Ninua, TI Secretariat  On 1 November the new European Commission will officially commence its work for a five year term. The new college of 27 commissioners, led by President Jean Claude Junker, has committed to place transparency at …

Posted 31 Oct 2014 1 Comment

Access to EU Documents, EU Enlargement, Uncategorized

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EIB transparency must move forward not back

As the hearings for nominee European Commissioners continue this week, it’s time for Jyrki Katainen, former Prime Minister of Finland, to be put in the hot seat by the European Parliament.  Provided the Parliament give their green light, Mr Katainen …

Posted 7 Oct 2014 1 Comment

Access to EU Documents, Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Anti-Corruption, EU Budget, EU Development, EU Integrity System, EUIS Study, TI EU Office, Uncategorized

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Outgoing Prime Minister nominates herself for European Commissioner

The Slovenian Commission for the prevention of corruption (CPC) has started an investigation on possible conflicts of interest of outgoing Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek in the procedure for naming Slovenia’s candidates for European Commissioner. The candidacy and confirmation of the …

Posted 3 Oct 2014 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Anti-Corruption, EU Integrity System

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The state of transparency in the Council of the EU

This week the Council of the EU adopted new rules on the financing of European political parties and new transparency rules on the non-financial reporting of big companies. We had evaluated the progress on these two directives, inter alia, in …

Posted 2 Oct 2014 1 Comment

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Financial Sector, EU Political Parties, Uncategorized

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European Parliament Elections 2014: The Anti-Corruption Pledge

To view an updated list of the Anti-Corruption Pledge’s signatories please click here. The Transparency International EU Office, together with many of our national chapters around the EU, has been inviting MEPs elections to sign our Anti-Corruption Pledge 2014 - and …

Posted 1 Oct 2014 Comments Off

EU Anti-Corruption, European Elections 2014

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Ethics and the European Commission: will Juncker practise what he preaches?

The Commission needs a reformed ethics regime to manage conflicts of interest In his so-called ‘mission letters’ to nominee European Commissioners, Jean-Claude Juncker stresses the principles of ethics and transparency as central to the functioning of the institution.  Under his …

Posted 1 Oct 2014 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EUIS Study, Uncategorized

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A tale of two Presidencies

Last week, together with our colleagues from Transparency International Greece we presented our Scorecard for the Greek Presidency in Athens. Now seems like a good time to assess how this Presidency compares to its predecessor: Lithuania spent €62 million for …

Posted 29 Sep 2014 No Comments

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Assessment of the transparency and anti-corruption efforts of the Greek Presidency

How much did the Greek Presidency of the EU do to fight corruption? Transparency International finds that while Greece gave the issue a high profile over a six month period, there was a collective failure on the part of national …

Posted 23 Sep 2014 No Comments

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The revolving door keeps on spinning: it’s time for ex-MEPs to cool off!

The recent furore over the former chair of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), Sharon Bowles, taking up a position as a non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange is yet another example of the revolving door …

Posted 1 Sep 2014 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying, EUIS Study

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How much does an MEP make?

The 3rd of July was the deadline for members of the European Parliament to submit their declarations of financial interest. By the end of the first plenary all MEPs, old or new, had to submit a range of information on …

Posted 4 Aug 2014 2 Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Anti-Corruption, EUIS Study

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Juncker’s plans for lobbying Transparency: meaningful or meaningless?

Laying out his objectives as European Commission President for the next 5 year term, Jean-Claude Juncker has indicated he might be ready to take the Transparency bull by the horns. Outlining his agenda for ‘democratic change’, Mr Juncker has committed …

Posted 30 Jul 2014 No Comments

EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying, Uncategorized

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Transparency International applauds Ombudsman inquiry into EU whistleblower rules

Transparency International EU welcomes the inquiry launched by the European Ombudsman today into  the level of protection for whistleblowers in EU institutions. Noting that effective whistleblowing policies can help reduceopportunities for corruption, Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has asked nine EU institutions, including …

Posted 28 Jul 2014 1 Comment

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System

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Time for the Italian Presidency to tackle corruption and rejuvenate Europe

As Matteo Renzi delivered a passionate speech to the European Parliament on June 2 to mark the occasion of Italy’s accession to the Presidency of the EU there was just for once a hint of glamour and a certain “Yes …

Posted 23 Jul 2014 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Anti-Money Laundering, EU Criminal Law & Fundamental Rights, EU Trade

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EU Commission President: Jobseekers’ allowance

Securing the job of official candidate for President of the European Commission is a tough gig: that much we’ve learned from the last few weeks of horse-trading, finally culminating in today’s vote by the European Parliament on Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment. …

Posted 15 Jul 2014 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EUIS Study, Uncategorized

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Transparency Intergroup introduced at the European Parliament

After a successful collaborative effort between MEPs, TI-EU and other civil society organisations, the European Parliament formally established the new intergroup on Integrity: Transparency, anti- corruption and organised crime, last December. An intergroup is an informal group of cross-party MEPs that want to …

Posted 25 Feb 2015 No Comments

EU Political Parties, European Elections 2014

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Transparency efforts of the new European Commission

The newly elected European Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker and VP Frans Timmermans has made a number of promises in the area of transparency. Transparency was made 1 of the 10 priorities in the European Commission’s work program for 2015. On the promise of increased lobby transparency the …

Posted 25 Feb 2015 No Comments

Access to EU Documents, EUIS Study

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Anti Money Laundering Directive

In December 2014, the EU agreed the final text of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, which will become law pending a final vote in the European Parliament. TI has welcomed the legislation as a step towards tackling corruption and anonymous ownership in the EU, such as shell …

Posted 25 Feb 2015 No Comments

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