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EU law-making needs more transparency, says European Ombudsman

Brussels, 14 July 2016 – Today the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly published recommendations calling for more transparency around informal negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the EU, also known as “trilogues” meetings. This decision concludes …

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PRESS RELEASE: New research shows transparency does not negatively affect business competitiveness

Brussels, 13 July 2016 – Corporate claims about the impact of transparency on business do not stand up, according to new research published by Transparency International EU today. While more and more multinational companies are publishing detailed financial information about each …

Posted 13 Jul 2016 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: Emerging market companies show low levels of transparency, allowing corruption to thrive

75 per cent of companies in Transparency International report score less than 5 out of 10 in transparency tests Berlin, 11 July 2016 – The vast majority of the world’s biggest emerging market companies have failed when it comes to …

Posted 11 Jul 2016 No Comments

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Now is the time for EU-wide whistleblower protection

Yesterday, the European Commission published its revised proposal on the Anti-Money Laundering Directive, which includes commitments to greater transparency, by giving public access to beneficial ownership information. However, public access to beneficial ownership information alone is not enough to prevent …

Posted 6 Jul 2016 No Comments

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EVENT: The Role of Investigative Journalism and a Free Media in Fighting Corruption

14.00 – 18.00, 14 July 2016 Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels Recent scandals unearthed by investigative journalism have had a huge impact on both the public and on policy. The fall-out from the Panama Papers influenced David …

Posted 6 Jul 2016 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: Proposed EU rules one step closer to ending anonymous companies

Transparency International EU today welcomed the European Commission’s steps to give the public access to information on who ultimately controls and benefits from secret companies. Unfortunately, the Commission left loopholes that will allow corruption, tax evasion and other anti-social acts …

Posted 5 Jul 2016 No Comments

EU Anti-Money Laundering, Uncategorized

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After Amsterdam: how can we increase transparency in the Council?

Post-Brexit, European political and thought leaders are putting on pressure to reform the EU and how it is run. This is in order to salvage its reputation among its citizens. Out of the cacophony of criticism, the more constructive ideas …

Posted 4 Jul 2016 No Comments

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Life as a whistleblower: Antoine Deltour

This interview was originally published on the global Transparency International site here. In 2011, Antoine Deltour told a journalist about sweetheart deals between multinational companies and the Luxembourg authorities to lower their tax bills. This became known as LuxLeaks and Deltour …

Posted 29 Jun 2016 No Comments

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After the Panama Papers it’s time for beneficial ownership transparency

The ‘Panama Papers’ are on everyone’s lips these days. But, what do they actually tell us that we didn’t already know? That the global financial system is plagued by shady practices and secrecy? This is a well known tale. What …

Posted 28 Jun 2016 No Comments

EU Anti-Money Laundering

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The European Central Bank’s legal accountability: the “OMT” case

Judges have a hard time second-guessing monetary policy decisions. But judicial review remains an important check on the ECB’s far-reaching independence, as the saga over Outright Monetary Transactions Programme, or OMT, highlights. The ECB is widely recognised as the most …

Posted 23 Jun 2016 No Comments

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Corruption, illegal logging and deforestation

Corruption lays at the root of the major problems we face as a planet. It fuels illegal logging and deforestation, the second largest contributor to global warming. Demand for deforested land for agriculture, housing and resource exploitation is unrelenting, causing …

Posted 21 Jun 2016 No Comments

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EU – Stop Supporting the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

Fern and Transparency International (TI) welcome the European Parliament resolution adopted on 7 June 2016, calling on the European Union (EU) to halt its support to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The EU Parliament resolution urges the …

Posted 21 Jun 2016 No Comments

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HOW CAN WE TRACK EU SPENDING ACROSS EUROPE?

A guest post by Anna Alberts of Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Anna leads the EU research project OpenBudgets.eu. She has a degree in international development studies and international relations and worked as desk officer for data- and geopolitics at the …

Posted 20 Jun 2016 No Comments

EU Budget, EU Public Procurement, Uncategorized

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Integrity Pacts & safeguarding EU funds

Each year huge sums of public money are spent on procurement – funding everything from roads, to schools, housing, water and power supply and other community improvement. But with such vast expenditures, opportunities for public money to be lost through …

Posted 17 Jun 2016 No Comments

EU Public Procurement

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How Integrity Pacts could provide an answer to OLAF’s capacity issues

Last week, OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office, published its 2015 Annual Report, highlighting developments and achievements in preventing and tackling fraud and corruption across the EU. The head of OLAF, Giovanni Kessler has said that OLAF has reached its “cruising …

Posted 7 Jun 2016 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: Brussels lobbying rules are ineffective say lobbyists

Today, organisations representing a large cross-section of lobbyists called for strong reform of the EU’s lobby register. The joint letter, initiated by Transparency International EU, calls for mandatory rules for all lobbyists and demands greater transparency around who EU officials …

Posted 6 Jun 2016 No Comments

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Our Consultation on the EU Lobby Register

Please find our submission to the European Commission’s public consultation on reform of the EU Lobby Register here.

Posted 31 May 2016 No Comments

EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying

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The Human Cost of Corporate Secrecy

Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, two former PwC Luxembourg employees, are the whistleblowers behind the LuxLeaks revelations. They are accused of having shared documents with French journalist Edouard Perrin – also standing trial in Luxembourg. In November 2014, the International …

Posted 27 May 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Catch 22: How can we make Council negotiations on fishing quotas more transparent?

The Politics of Overfishing Fish are a renewable resource: if well managed they can provide sustainable benefits to society in the form of food, revenue and jobs. However, around half of assessed EU stocks in the Atlantic and more than 90% …

Posted 26 May 2016 No Comments

EU Lobbying

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What does the Anti-Corruption Summit mean for the EU?

The global Anti-Corruption Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron today has resulted in a number of commitments by the assembled governments, which so far includes 10 EU countries (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, UK, Romania). What …

Posted 12 May 2016 No Comments

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EVENT: Corruption and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: How the EU will meet global anti-corruption targets

Transparency International and ONE in cooperation with the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia would like to invite you to our event on 25 May 2016 to share in an open discussion on Goal 16 ambition in Europe. We invite you to …

Posted 9 May 2016 No Comments

EU Development

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What the EU can learn from lobby regulation around the world

The following statement was made by Daniel Freund from Transparency International EU at a joint European Parliament and European Commission event held on 2 May 2016 on EU Lobbying Transparency. Good afternoon everyone, First I would like to thank the …

Posted 9 May 2016 No Comments

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#PanamaPapers: Hackathon

Hackers, investigative journalists, activists and open data fans, We need you! The Panama Papers leak on April 3rd was the largest data dump in history, revealing some of the dodgy deals and corrupt practices of rich and the powerful. From …

Posted 2 May 2016 No Comments

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Casting the net: How can we increase the transparency of Council decision-making

Transparency International EU has just launched a new project* looking at the transparency and accountability of decision-making in the Council of Ministers. To do that we will be taking the case study of the upcoming negotiations on fishing quotas for 2017. …

Posted 27 Apr 2016 No Comments

EU Integrity System

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Who are the experts?

The term “expert group” evokes images of scientists in white coats with test tubes explaining complex equations to politicians in suits. The reality is quite different. Expert groups are a mix of industry lobbyists, NGOs, trade unions and other practitioners …

Posted 25 Apr 2016 No Comments

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Why transparency is vital for the Euro to survive

The EU’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) will undergo major reform in coming years. Transparency International EU has just launched a new programme to look into the transparency and accountability of Eurozone economic governance. The euro crisis is far from …

Posted 14 Apr 2016 No Comments

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New EU proposal on corporate tax is transparency only in name

The European Commission’s new proposal [1] on corporate tax disclosures fails to deliver meaningful information that would provide real transparency, according to Transparency International EU. Despite last minute concessions following the Panama Papers scandal, only a fraction of multinational companies’ …

Posted 12 Apr 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Renaming the English Channel and the need for open budgets

All this talk of the UK referendum and Brexit is bringing back old stories about the EU peddled by the British press. We’ve all heard the stories about Brussels banning bendy bananas or curvy cucumbers. But there are many more …

Posted 8 Apr 2016 No Comments

Access to EU Documents, EU Budget

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Panama Papers show the EU must take action on corporate tax transparency

The Panama Papers leak, has brought up some fascinating stories of the rich and powerful hiding their wealth through shell companies and secrecy. From David Cameron’s dad to Petro Poroschenko and Lionel Messi it’s clear that individuals have been taking …

Posted 7 Apr 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity, EU Extractive Industries

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Corruption and the ‘arc of instability’

This article originally appeared on Europe’s World. You can find the original here. The late, fantastic novelist Gabriel García Márquez once wrote that ‘the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.’ There seems to be …

Posted 7 Apr 2016 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Development, EU Neighbourhood Policy

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Press Release: Panama Papers reveal need for EU action on secrecy jurisdictions

The Panama Papers, a global investigation into the use of anonymous companies in secrecy jurisdictions, has shown how a network of lawyers, bankers and other facilitators around the world help the corrupt to hide illicit wealth. The leaks show the …

Posted 4 Apr 2016 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Anti-Money Laundering, Uncategorized

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Trilogues in urgent need of more transparency

Most people have never heard of “Trilogues”. The word trilogue does not appear in the European Treaties and is not officially part of the EU legislative procedure. Yet, since the Lisbon Treaty the number of trilogues has skyrocketed and during …

Posted 1 Apr 2016 No Comments

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A parody of transparency: the Commission`s leaked draft on corporate tax

The LuxLeaks revelations showed the world that many multinational companies had special tax arrangements with Luxembourg with the goal of lowering their global tax bill. In the time since, despite strong rhetoric, the EU has made little in the way …

Posted 24 Mar 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Inside Job: When MEPs are lobbyists

Today marks five years since the Sunday Times broke the ‘Cash-for-Amendments’ scandal. Back in 2011, British undercover reporters recorded three MEPs who willingly accepted money for submitting amendments to EU legislation. The scandal led Mr Buzek, then President of European …

Posted 21 Mar 2016 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Lobbying

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Tackling Illegal Logging, Deforestation, & Forest degradation: an Agenda for EU Action

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan was established in 2003 as an innovative first attempt by the EU to curb illegal logging and related trade, promote sustainable forest management, and address some of the underlying causes of …

Posted 21 Mar 2016 No Comments

EU Climate Finance

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Is the EU exporting corruption across the Aegean?

There’s only six kilometres in the strait of Mytilene between Lesvos in Greece and the Ayvalik islands in Turkey. People traffickers charge desperate refugees thousands to make the short, dangerous journey. Corruption fuels their business: people have to look the …

Posted 18 Mar 2016 No Comments

EU Development

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EVENT: How Can Civil Society Help Prevent Fraud in Public Procurement?

Public money is at risk of being lost to misappropriation, fraud, and even corruption. That’s why transparency is essential. The new Red Flags project aims to enhance the transparency of public procurement in Hungary and supports the fight against corruption …

Posted 10 Mar 2016 No Comments

EU Public Procurement

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Press Release: ECOFIN agreement a missed chance, campaigners say

EU governments need to make tax more transparent, further opportunity looms ahead for lawmakers BRUSSELS—The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), has agreed today on a proposal for corporate financial reporting, but despite increased pressure from European advocacy groups and …

Posted 8 Mar 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity, Uncategorized

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Spring cleaning? Time for transparent lobbying

Spring is around the corner, or so they keep saying in spite of the cold and the grey. It’s the time of year for a spring clean, when we do away with the cobwebs and dust in dark corners. Today …

Posted 1 Mar 2016 No Comments

EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying

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The Eternally Unfinished Highway

If you’re planning to drive to Sicily, or Reggio Calabria or Tropea this summer you’ll likely spend some time on the A3 or Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway. The main artery through the “Mezzogiorno” or Italy’s south. Beset by vistas of green …

Posted 23 Feb 2016 No Comments

EU Public Procurement

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Reforming the integrity system of the EU institutions

Transparency International EU is closely monitoring different initiatives around reforming the integrity system of the EU institutions. In this context, TI EU is currently providing input to the work on the following two issues: (1) the European Parliament’s own-initiative report …

Posted 19 Feb 2016 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System

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Press Release: The EU must do more to stop the import of illegal timber

The European Union must make genuine efforts to fight the corruption which feeds illegal logging and deforestation, according to Transparency International EU. The EU accounts for 35% of the world’s primary timber consumption and must take serious action to stop …

Posted 18 Feb 2016 No Comments

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End corruption for a sustainable future

Things were a little different back in the year 2000. Having survived the non-existent technological apocalypse which Y2K was supposed to bring about and the dreadful hairstyles of the late nineties, the United Nations came together for a Millennium summit. …

Posted 18 Feb 2016 No Comments

EU Development

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EVENT INVITATION: Investigating Corruption in the Media and Telecoms Industries

March 18th, 10:00 – 14:00, NH Budapest City Hotel, Budapest (Hungary) Transparency International EU is pleased to invite you to a workshop which will focus on corruption in the telecoms and media industries from a national, regional and global perspective …

Posted 17 Feb 2016 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, European Corruption Observatory

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Follow the minutes, follow the money

Since the start of the financial crisis the Eurogroup has dominated the global headlines. How the euro is governed affects us all. Every Eurogroup meeting seems to be a “last chance” to save the euro, or Greece, or Portugal. With …

Posted 12 Feb 2016 No Comments

Access to EU Documents

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Who is your MEP meeting with?

If you want to know who your MEP has met with and what they have been talking about it’s usually very difficult to find this information. They may have been discussing whether or not they can believe its butter with …

Posted 4 Feb 2016 No Comments

EU Lobbying

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How to install LobbyCal

The LobbyCal tool consists of two elements: a server application that gathers the information on lobby meetings held and a website plugin which displays the information on those meetings on an MEP’s website. All elements are available free of charge …

Posted 4 Feb 2016 No Comments

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European Commission’s new proposal on corporate tax avoidance does not deliver real transparency

The European Commission’s new proposal on corporate tax avoidance does not deliver real transparency, according to Transparency International. The EU must live up to its rhetoric on tax transparency and bring about public reporting of multinational profits, taxes and other …

Posted 28 Jan 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Can the Dutch Presidency weather the storm?

There is no doubt that the European Union is currently going through some rough waters. From the refugee crisis to Eurozone instability, it seems the EU needs to weather political storms every few weeks. But twice a year, in January …

Posted 20 Jan 2016 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption

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Manneken tax: Belgian tax schemes show the need for public reporting

Yesterday, the European Commission concluded that Belgium had been in breach of EU state aid rules, having arranged “sweetheart deals” with some 35 multinational corporations. These deals allowed companies to reduce their global, collective tax bill by around €700 million …

Posted 12 Jan 2016 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity, EU Financial Sector

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Public statement: New whistleblowing rules in the European Parliament fail to protect staff

New whistleblower rules for European Parliament staff do not adequately protect one of the largest pool of potential whistleblowers and should be revisited to correct this failure, according to Transparency International EU. Transparency International EU welcomes the European Parliament’s adoption …

Posted 8 Jan 2016 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions

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Dear EU, make corporate tax transparency your resolution for 2016!

The last couple of weeks have been busy for those advocating for more transparency and accountability in the private sector around the globe. It started in Washington DC. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules which would …

Posted 21 Dec 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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4,253 complaints progress update: has the lobby community been good this year?

Christmas is just around the corner, but it seems there will be no early presents for the Brussels transparency community this year. On the 3rd of December, EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans admitted that he will not be able to …

Posted 17 Dec 2015 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: French MPs earn €20m from side jobs – Integrity Watch France database launched

French MPs collectively earn nearly €20 million a year from outside jobs and mandates, revealing an urgent need for tighter rules to prevent conflicts of interest related to their lives outside Parliament, Transparency International EU and Transparency International France said …

Posted 16 Dec 2015 No Comments

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Public Statement: time to shine a light on the revolving door

Today the European Commission published names of several senior officials who have left the Commission for new jobs in the private, academic and voluntary sectors after an inquiry into revolving doors by the EU Ombudsman. Transparency International EU joins the …

Posted 15 Dec 2015 No Comments

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Transparency International EU establishes first Advisory Group

Transparency International EU (TI EU) is pleased to announce the establishment for the first time of a group of senior advisors that will guide the work of the organisation. The group will be chaired by Mario Monti, President of Bocconi …

Posted 1 Dec 2015 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: Banks, tech and energy companies dominate EU lobbying

One year ago the European Commission launched its new transparency regime and started publishing meetings with lobbyists. Despite this step forward the activities of the €1.5 billion industry of Brussels lobbyists remain largely opaque and the EU’s transparency rules still …

Posted 1 Dec 2015 No Comments

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EVENT INVITATION: New models of collaboration in investigating corruption: a help or a hindrance?

How are new models of collaborations affecting investigative journalism’s ability to combat corruption? Mainstream media continues to back away from funding long-form investigative journalism and are broadening link ups with organisations like ICIJ and 100Reporters. These new models are often …

Posted 30 Nov 2015 No Comments

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Press Release: Transparency International calls on the European Parliament to open the books on member expenses

Transparency International calls on the European Parliament to release documents detailing how its members (MEPs) spend monthly expense allowances funded by the European taxpayer. Journalists from every EU country have brought a case against the European Parliament to the European …

Posted 20 Nov 2015 No Comments

Access to EU Documents

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Advocating the EU Council: A Civil Society Guide

It’s not a secret that despite its crucial role in the EU legislative process, the Council of the European Union remains the least transparent of the three main legislative institutions. A complex system consisting of multiple levels, from the Secretariat …

Posted 13 Nov 2015 No Comments

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What do we really know about them?

On the first anniversary of the LuxLeaks scandal, Transparency International EU launches its new animated video on corporate tax transparency “What do we know about them?” as part of its campaign in favour of EU legislation on country-by-country reporting (CBCR). …

Posted 5 Nov 2015 No Comments

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Country-by-Country Reporting (CBCR) one year after LuxLeaks: potential or missed opportunity?

MEP Elly Schlein (S&D), Co-Chair of the Intergroup on integrity, transparency, corruption and organised crime—ITCO, and Transparency International EU Office are pleased to invite you to a conference to be held at the European Parliament on the 17th of November 2015 from 12:30 to …

Posted 27 Oct 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity, Uncategorized

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Now is the time for tax transparency

When Antoine Deltour revealed that the Luxembourg authorities had over 300 “sweetheart deals” with multinational corporations, it sent shockwaves through the EU. The leaked “comfort letters” demonstrated the true extent of Luxembourg’s cosy tax arrangements with multinationals. November 5th marks …

Posted 27 Oct 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Commission Reaching for the Starbucks

Today, the European Commission announced that Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler received illegal state aid through tax rulings by the governments of the Netherlands and Luxembourg and unduly reduced their tax burden by 20 – 30 million EUR. These companies, secured …

Posted 21 Oct 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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PRESS RELEASE: EU still deadlocked on new European anti-corruption legislation

Transparency International welcomes progress achieved on setting up a European Public Prosecutor’s Office during the Latvian Presidency but urges the EU to overcome a disagreement on the legislative proposal defining the scope for its work. This is one of the …

Posted 21 Oct 2015 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: EU Trade deals to include “ambitious” anti-corruption proposals

Transparency International welcomes the European Commission’s pledge to include “ambitious” anti-corruption provisions and to increase transparency in all future trade deal negotiations. This new approach to the EU’s bilateral trade agreements was announced as part of a communication on the future …

Posted 14 Oct 2015 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Trade

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Joint Letter for a Mandatory EU Lobby Register

The following is a joint letter from Transparency International EU and ALTER-EU to political group leaders and members of the Bureau in the European Parliament. Dear Group President / dear member of the Bureau, The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and …

Posted 12 Oct 2015 No Comments

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ERROR: Transparency Not Found

Last month the European Court of Auditors published a special report called “Efforts to address problems with public procurement in EU cohesion expenditure should be intensified”. What that translates to in non-Brussels speak is how EU funds are being lost …

Posted 7 Oct 2015 No Comments

EU Public Procurement

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PRESS RELEASE: Ombudsman recommends full transparency of tobacco lobbying

Transparency International welcomes the European Ombudsman’s recommendations to increase the transparency of the European Commission’s meetings with tobacco lobbyists. In the recommendations published today, which echo concerns about tobacco lobbying that led to the resignation of Maltese Commissioner John Dalli in 2012, …

Posted 5 Oct 2015 No Comments

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4,253 complaints against lobbyists: has it been a wake-up call?

  A month ago we may have given the understaffed Joint Secretariat of the EU Transparency Register a bit of a headache. We sent them 4,253 official complaints, about half the organisations on the register. This might have been a …

Posted 2 Oct 2015 No Comments

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PUBLIC STATEMENT: Business and civil society representatives call for urgent action on corruption in the EU

Transparency International welcomes the call from representatives of employers, unions and civil society for a comprehensive strategy to fight corruption in the EU. The opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) today highlights concerns about illicit financial …

Posted 17 Sep 2015 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: President Juncker must endorse public scrutiny of multinational tax payments

Transparency International is calling on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to publicly support legislation that would allow citizens to scrutinise the corporate taxes paid by multinational companies to governments. President Juncker will appear tomorrow in front of a special tax …

Posted 16 Sep 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity, Uncategorized

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Trilogues: What goes on behind closed doors?

This post originally appeared on Euractiv As is frequently the case when political machines evolve, informal practices become conventions and then formal procedures. In the British Parliament when a new Speaker is elected he or she is physically dragged to …

Posted 15 Sep 2015 No Comments

Access to EU Documents

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Transparency & the State of the Union

On Wednesday European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg to give his first annual ‘State of the European Union’ address. The growing refugee crisis, the Eurozone and talk of ‘Brexit’ and ‘Grexit’ were understandably the main …

Posted 9 Sep 2015 No Comments

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No role for Civil Society in Macedonian corruption crisis

It’s been a long hot summer in Macedonia. Not only is this small Balkan state on the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis, but a domestic political crisis that has been simmering since the start of the year has come to …

Posted 8 Sep 2015 No Comments

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PRESS RELEASE: More than half the entries on the Brussels Lobby Register are inaccurate, incomplete or meaningless

Over half the entries for lobby organisations on the EU Transparency Register contain factual errors or implausible numbers according to new analysis published today by Transparency International. TI has therefore filed 4,253 official complaints with the Secretariat of the Transparency …

Posted 7 Sep 2015 No Comments

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Speech: Lobby Transparency in the EU

The following is a speech by Daniel Freund on 03/09/15 in the European Parliament at a Greens/EFA event entitled “Transparent, clean, accountable: Lessons form international best practice for the EU institutions” The full conference can be viewed online here Good …

Posted 4 Sep 2015 No Comments

EU Lobbying

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Auditors must join civil society in the struggle for country-by-country reporting

Civil society has been calling for a long time for measures to improve the transparency and accountability of companies, in particular through country-by-country reporting (CBCR). Currently, multinational companies publish their accounts by combining data about tax compliance from multiple countries …

Posted 31 Aug 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Transylvanian Castles and the Curse of Corruption

Dotted among the deep green hills, fir trees and streams of Transylvania lays a string of fortified medieval Saxon churches. Beset by years of neglect and a lack of investment these beautiful historic buildings have received millions of euros in …

Posted 27 Aug 2015 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Corporate Integrity

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Navigating the maze: the difficulty of accessing EU documents

Last week the Commission published its annual report on public access to institutional documents. The information reveals some interesting facts about the EU legislative process. Over 500 requests a month for documents were sent to the three institutions (Council, Parliament …

Posted 12 Aug 2015 No Comments

Access to EU Documents

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Volkswagen becomes Top 10 Lobbyist

Following the launch of the lobbying tools on EU Integrity Watch on 24 June, Transparency International now tracks all changes to the EU Transparency Register. In a first edition of what is going to be a monthly update, we have seen over …

Posted 3 Aug 2015 No Comments

EU Lobbying

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Hidden in Chelsea: Stopping Corrupt Cash in Europe

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday a crackdown on “dirty money” in the British property market. This comes after years of campaigning by Transparency International UK (TI-UK). We welcome the commitment to increase the scope and access …

Posted 31 Jul 2015 No Comments

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A wine case full of cash in Bohemia and the need for Integrity Pacts

Three years ago Czech politician David Rath was caught red handed with seven million crowns (around 260,000 euros) of stolen cash stuffed in a wine box. After a lengthy trial the former health minister and governor of Central Bohemia was …

Posted 24 Jul 2015 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Budget, EU Integrity System, EU Public Procurement

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Country-by-country reporting: first step in achieving transparency

On 8 July, the European Parliament voted in favour of measures to increase the transparency of the finances of multinational corporations, requiring EU-based multinational companies (MNCs) to reveal details of tax payments to governments around the world. The measures were …

Posted 10 Jul 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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Expanding a Brainstorming and Research Tool for Transparency Advocates

Over the past months, I’ve been working with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative on updating and expanding the Open Government Guide, and it’s been a real eye opener in terms of the immense number of ways to make governments more …

Posted 6 Jul 2015 No Comments

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Speak Up against corruption

‘I did not even know I was a whistleblower’

On 17 June 2015 Transparency International EU together with the European Parliament’s new Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime (ITCO) hosted an event “SPEAK UP! – Empowering citizens to blow the whistle on corruption”. The event, which brought …

Posted 25 Jun 2015 No Comments

EU Anti-Corruption, EU Criminal Law & Fundamental Rights

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Lobby meetings with EU policy-makers dominated by corporate interests

New analysis published today by Transparency International reveals that the overwhelming majority of lobby meetings held by European Commissioners and their closest advisors are with representatives of corporate interests. This is just one of the findings from a new lobby …

Posted 24 Jun 2015 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EU Lobbying

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European Semester: time to implement anti-corruption recommendations

The “European Semester” may sound like a boring piece of Euro-jargon and if we say this is part of the European Commission’s new-ish macroeconomic surveillance programme that tries to keep track of the growth and competitiveness policies in each of the …

Posted 23 Jun 2015 No Comments

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Tusk on corruption: empty declarations?

European Council President Donald Tusk had some scathing words on corruption in his statement ahead of the G7 meeting in Germany at the weekend, worth quoting in full: “Finally, I am really satisfied that some leaders want to use the summit to …

Posted 9 Jun 2015 No Comments

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Is Brussels the new Ottawa? Putting EU lobbying in perspective

Putting EU lobbying in perspective Part I: Canada I was fortunate enough to attend the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada this week. Visiting the Canadian capital also gave me the opportunity to meet with the Lobbying Commissioner, lobby …

Posted 4 Jun 2015 No Comments

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Case closed? – The EU Anti-Fraud Office’s new Annual Report

Love is not necessarily in the air in Brussels these days! Particularly not after the 2014 Annual Report publication of the EU’s Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) yesterday – highlighting last year’s developments and achievements in preventing and tackling fraud and corruption …

Posted 3 Jun 2015 No Comments

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Country-by-country, step-by-step

The reliably leaky Commission machine is at it again, this time widely trailing its plans to tackle tax avoidance in the EU to the Brussels press and MEPs. You can read the entire text here. Our main interest in all …

Posted 28 May 2015 No Comments

EU Corporate Integrity

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PROGRESS OF GEORGIA AND FUTURE OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP: CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE IN RIGA

Two days before the  Eastern Partnership Summit, the civil society organised a conference in Riga to discuss Georgia’s progress of implementation of the Association Agenda with the European Union so far. The event was organised by the Georgian and Latvian …

Posted 19 May 2015 No Comments

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EU institutions’ unregulated lobbying opens door to corruption

Political participation is a fundamental element in mature democratic systems, and governments should ensure that decisions are taken in the interests of citizens. Unfortunately, money and inside contacts often seem to be necessary to open the doors behind which policy-makers …

Posted 6 May 2015 No Comments

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Gazprom, AirFrance, Twitter, etc. 1552 organisations suspended from EU Lobby Register

On 28 April the deadline expired for all organisations on the EU Transparency Register to perform an update of their registration. Organisations that did not update were suspended and no longer appear in the public database of the Transparency Register. …

Posted 30 Apr 2015 No Comments

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European Public Prosecutor: do EU member states miss the point?

With the European Parliament’s plenary debate and vote on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) due this week, one may wonder if and when the EU machinery will start discussing the real “hot potatoes” at stake! As …

Posted 28 Apr 2015 No Comments

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Europe’s heroes under fire: blowing the whistle on corruption… or better not?

Exposing corruption, maladministration and mismanagement can be a dangerous route to take! Nicole-Marie Meyer, who reported evidence of embezzlement and forgery for example, was first demoted, then harassed and ultimately dismissed from the French Civil Service, although her actions were …

Posted 22 Apr 2015 No Comments

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Video EP Hearing: Transparency and Integrity in the EU Institutions

On 26 March 2015, Transparency International EU (TI EU) was invited to take part in a public hearing held at the European Parliament to present the findings of the European Union Integrity System report, released in April 2014 (you can …

Posted 8 Apr 2015 No Comments

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Integrity System, EUIS Study

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Latvian Council Presidency: Of baking bread and edging tools

The logo of the Latvian Presidency is based on the classic image of the grinding stone, once a significant innovation and trigger of change in households across Europe. The Latvian Presidency website explains that to this day the grinding stone …

Posted 25 Mar 2015 No Comments

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EP hearing on accountability, transparency and integrity 26/3 9:00

TI EU was invited to present the findings of our 2014 European Union Integrity System report (EUIS) at a European Parliament hearing on Thursday morning (26 March 9:00). The title of the hearing was “Joint Hearing on accountability, transparency and …

Posted 24 Mar 2015 No Comments

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

How did the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU contribute to the fight against corruption? Transparency International finds that while Italy gave a high profile to transparency and anti-corruption over a six month period, national governments failed to …

Posted 16 Mar 2015 No Comments

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What’s the real influence of lobbyists in Brussels?

Napoleon would have probably made a good EU lobbyist, considering that he was, already at his time, aware of the fact that “ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousands who are silent.” Today, however, Bonaparte would no …

Posted 12 Mar 2015 No Comments

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Bad news for Juncker’s Investment Plan

Despite our efforts, other civil society organisations and MEPs, the European Investment Bank has adopted a revised transparency policy this week that takes a leap backwards. As we have said previously, the EIB’s important role demands that transparency and accountability …

Posted 11 Mar 2015 No Comments

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Letter to the editor of the Telegraph

We like journalists here at Transparency International. They are, on the whole, an honourable breed doing thankless work to impossible deadlines in an industry that finds it harder and harder to pay them a living wage. So when an article …

Posted 5 Mar 2015 No Comments

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EU Institutions drag their feet and still fail to protect whistleblowers

When cases of corruption, fraud or maladministration come to light it often took a courageous whistleblower. Someone from within has alerted the authorities, the media or the wider public that something is not quite right. Luxleaks, Swissleaks the revelations of …

Posted 4 Mar 2015 No Comments

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Collaborate and visualise

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 No Comments

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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

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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 No Comments

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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

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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 No Comments

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 No Comments

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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

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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 No Comments

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 …

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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

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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

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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

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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 No Comments

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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

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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

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