Euro-deputies in the key committee dealing with parliamentary rules on Thursday (17 November) approved a new code of conduct obliging them to more transparency and disclosure after a cash-for-amendments scandal uncovered earlier this year.
Making minor changes, the members of the European Parliament's Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) rubber-stamped [..] the draft code of conduct for MEPs [...]. CEO (member of ALTER-EU) [...] points out the weakening of the provision concerning gifts and the importance of proper implementation.
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)
Transparency campaigners today welcomed the vote of the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) on the proposed Code of Conduct for MEPs , but warned that an important loophole on the definition of gifts risks undermining the core of the proposals.
The new code of conduct for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), drafted earlier this year, seems to be turning into a battle on ethics now that more MEPs are looking at what the code might mean for them. The draft is currently being discussed in the Constitutional Affairs committee (AFCO).