The EU has often been criticised for being slow with regards to reforming its own transparency regime, and big steps forward are often precipitated by large corruption scandals that have had a negative impact on the credibility of the system. In recent years, several different initiatives in this area have been warmly welcomed but often piecemeal and slow to implement.
Clear codes and rules must be implemented with proactive transparency regarding their implementation and enforcement. This would include issues such as codes of conduct of officials, whistle-blowing channels, disclosure of financial interests, the acceptance of gifts and hospitality, investigation and prosecution, second jobs, revolving doors and a ‘legislative footprint’. It must be stated that the EU has introduced many of these measures but there is still much to be done.
Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Budget -
Brussels, 28 July 2016 – Yesterday the European Commission effectively proposed to cancel sanctions against Spain and Portugal foreseen by EU budget rules, subject to the approval of Eurozone governments. While more flexible budget rules are welcome, their reinterpretation must …
Posted 28 Jul 2016 No Comments
Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Corporate Integrity -
This piece was originally published in shortened form on EU Observer. There have been howls of indignation across Europe since former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s spectacularly ill-timed announcement that he is to join Goldman Sachs as a non-executive …
Posted 26 Jul 2016 No Comments