EU Parliament plans new lobby rules after scandal

Publication date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Cash-for-influence sting pressures lawmakers to reform: the European Parliament head promises to examine MEPs with second jobs.


Paul de Clerck of Alter EU, a group dedicated to improving lobbying transparency in Brussels, said the measures lacked bite. "We hear a lot of strong words," he said. "But when it comes to specific measures, they are weak. "It's not sufficient if they (members of parliament) report whether they have a conflict of interest. The rules should not allow a conflict of interest or second jobs which present such a conflict."