Code of Conduct EP

Navigating the lobby labyrinth: A guide to transparency and ethics for MEPs

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This guide offers practical advice for MEPs on how to navigate the Brussels bubble while maintaining their independence and integrity, especially when it comes to contacts with lobbyists.

 

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Ten policy recommendations for a strengthened MEP Code of Conduct

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A ten-point set of policy recommendations for a strengthened MEP Code of Conduct. A key demand is a ban on MEPs holding side jobs with companies or groups that are involved in EU lobbying.

 

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Transparency campaigners launch ethics reform proposals and guide for MEPs

Publication date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Press release issued by: 
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)

Four years after the 'cash-for-amendments' scandal, the European Parliament needs a stronger Code of Conduct for MEPs to avoid new lobbying scandals.

 

ALTER-EU groups complain about breach of parliamentary Code of Conduct by European Parliament Former Members Association + Reply from President SCHULZ

Publication date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Author: 
Friends of the Earth Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory

ALTER-EU groups have complained to European Parliament (EP) President Schulz about the 'EP Former Members Association (FMA)' openly seeking corporate sponsorship for activities at the premises of the European Parliament, in clear violation of the Code of Conduct for (ex-)MEPs.

Financial interests of MEP Jean Luc Dehaene

Publication date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Author: 
Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), SpinWatch, LobbyControl, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

In a joint letter earlier this year, FoEE together with CEO, LobbyControl, and Spinwatch, raised specific concerns about the lack of transparency over the financial interests of MEP Jean-Luc Dehaene, and the related risk of a potential conflict of interest. On 4 October, 5 months after, Mr Dehaene updated his declaration.

Ethics code has to keep MEPs in check

Publication date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Author: 
Natacha Cingotti
Media title: 
European Voice
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On 9 August, the European Voice reported that Austrian authorities had charged a former MEP, Ernst Strasser, with corruption following the 2011 ‘cash-for-influence' scandal. The case of another MEP, Adrian Severin, who was incriminated in the same scandal, is even more worrying.

ALTER-EU group analyses all 754 Declarations of Financial Interest of Members of the European Parliament: more than 10% found empty

Publication date: 
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Author: 
Prepared by Muriel Treibich Contributions from Natacha Cingotti and Paul de Clerck Edited by Francesca Gater, and Rachel Tansey

New ethics rules in the European Parliament are not strict enough to ensure complete transparency on MEPs’ outside interests, and therefore prevent potential conflicts of interest, shows the first analysis of declarations made under the new MEP code of conduct. 

Living in a democracy...

Publication date: 
Friday, June 15, 2012
Author: 
Koen Roovers
Media title: 
New Europe
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In 'One year after the scandal' MEP Geringer de Oedenberg (S&D) makes a case in favour of the exposed MEP Adrian Severin (ex-S&D). In so doing she not only does a disservice to the European Parliament, but also to citizens across Europe who expect their elected representatives to act in the public interest.

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