Stronger ethics regulation

Better avoidance of conflict of interest: EU agencies and other bodies moving forward (+ LIVE webstream address)

Publication date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Better avoidance of conflict of interest
Start date: 
Thu, 2013-02-21 09:00
Location: 
European Parliament, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP) 3G-2

During this workshop, ALTER-EU will challenge the Commission's soft approach when it comes to managing conflicts of interest; we will make the case for clear rules and strong enforcement, including an independent ethics committee.

Workshop organised by the policy department of the Budget Control Committee of the European Parliament, that enables Members to put questions to and exchange views with experts on conflicts of interest management within the EU agencies and other bodies. (Watch the workshop live: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/home.html)

 

Transparency campaigners challenge the decision to renew the mandate of the members of the ad hoc ethical committee

Publication date: 
Monday, January 14, 2013
Author: 
Corporate Accountability International, Corporate Europe Observatory (ALTER-EU) and LobbyControl (ALTER-EU)

The European Commission in mid-December decided to renew the mandate of the three members of the ad hoc ethical committee (Michel Petite, Rafael Garcia-Valdecasas and Terry Wynn) for a second three year period. The signatories of this letter would like to ask you to re-consider Mr. Petites’ re-appointment.

Scandal around John Dalli's resignation highlights Commission's urgent need for greater transparency and stronger ethics rules

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Author: 
ALTER-EU

The ALTER-EU coalition has for several years campaigned to convince the Commission that the current rules are inadequate, but most of our demands have, until now, been ignored. We urge the Commission to use this opportunity to get its house in order.

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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

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. 

Newsletter - 8 - New ALTER-EU member Comhlámh, 'Revolving Door' campaign update, and more

Publication date: 
Friday, June 1, 2012
Author: 

Our website got a face lift (see the result here), we had several letter actions (see the ALTER-EU news below) and together with the Civil Society Contact Group we published the new 'Transparency Register' guidelines, with which organisations can make a truly transparent registration in the European Parliament and European Commission's register.

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MEPs call for curbs on the revolving door

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Author: 
Vicky Cann

In recent months, the Parliament has been busy reviewing the Commission's proposal to reform the rules that govern EU officials' terms and conditions. There is a fairly widely-held view amongst the institutions that EU staff must not be excluded from the wider austerity measures which are simultaneously being implemented within member states.

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Living in a democracy...

Publication date: 
Friday, June 15, 2012
Author: 
Koen Roovers
Media title: 
New Europe

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.

Bonus Dehaene : un cas emblématique

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Author: 
Thierry Denoël
Media title: 
Le Vif/L'express

Les stock-options de Jean-Luc Dehaene valent à ce jour environ 3 millions d’euros. Le député aurait-il dû les mentionner dans sa déclaration d’intérêts financiers, tel que l’impose le nouveau code de conduite des membres du Parlement UE ?

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