Spanish MEP named in 'influence-for-cash' scandal

Publication date: 
Monday, March 28, 2011
Constant Brand
Media title: 
European Voice

Pablo Zalba Bidegain accused of agreeing to submit changes to legislation in exchange for monetary reward.


Paul de Clerck from Alter-EU, an alliance for lobbying transparency, said Zalba should resign immediately. He said the scandal had shown that rules on transparency and ethics in the Parliament were "far too weak". MEPs, he added, must draft tougher rules, including a ban on lobbying and other secondary jobs "that lead to a conflict of interests for MEPs".