European Parliament agrees on code of conduct

Publication date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Media title: 
BBC News

The political leaders in the European Parliament have agreed on a new code of conduct aimed at thwarting unethical behaviour by MEPs.


Alter-EU, a coalition of civil society groups, trade unions and academics pressing for more EU transparency, welcomed the new code of conduct.

But it regretted that "there is no cooling-off period for MEPs, allowing them to become lobbyists as soon as they leave elected office". It also regretted that the advisory committee would not include any independent experts.