EU Parliament anti-bribe drive

Publication date: 
Friday, April 1, 2011
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Bribery allegations in the European Parliament have brought promises of tighter rules to govern relations between the members and lobbyists. Some experts have called the corrective movement ambitious while others say the measures being considered lack teeth.


Olivier Hoedeman, with the group ALTER-EU, dedicated to improving lobbying transparency in Brussels, said: "The number of MEPs who have second jobs… some of those second jobs involve lobbying and a lot of them involve conflicts of interest. Those are things that now have to be seriously discussed because it is a gliding scale between conflicts of interest and corruption. And it is not acceptable for European citizens."