Stronger ethics regulation

L’eurodéputé Dehaene ne déclare pas ses bonus

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Author: 
Thierry Denoël
Media title: 
Le Vif/L'Express

Dans sa déclaration d’intérêts financiers, à laquelle tous les eurodéputés sont soumis, Jean-Luc Dehaene ne fait pas mention de ses bonus AB InBev (3 millions d’euros). Il aurait dû le faire.

4 ALTER-EU groups send letter to European Parliament President Martin Schulz about MEP Jean-Luc Dehaene's undeclared stock options

Publication date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Author: 
Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, LobbyControl, SpinWatch

Several Belgian media reported that MEP Dehaene is allowed to exert stock options granted by AB InBev, potentially amounting to around 3 million Euro. We are surprised to notice that those stock options are nowhere reported in Mr Dehaene’s current declaration of interest, despite the very clear obligations regarding declaration of outside interests.

Letter to European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee ahead of 'Staff Regulations' vote

Publication date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Author: 
Vicky Cann

The Staff Regulations contain the ethics rules which govern 55,000 or more officials who work across the EU institutions. ALTER-EU considers that the current process to reform the Staff Regulations provides an opportunity to improve these ethics rules, especially those that relate to conflicts of interest during and after EU staff work for the EU.

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Over-reliance on public pressure to clear conflicts of interest

Publication date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Author: 
Gaspard Sebag
Media title: 
Europolitics

In March 2011, four MEPs were accused of accepting to table amendments for ‘clients’ after having been told by undercover reporters from The Sunday Times that such work would be compensated with money. Nine months later, Parliament took a step toward cleaning the dust in its house.

"It's shocking that Adrian Severin is still acting as a member of the European Parliament"

Publication date: 
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Author: 
Magdalena Moreh
Media title: 
TVR

This special report examines the consequences of the 'Cash-for-Amendments'. 1 year after the scandal, TVR looks back: how are the rules on relations with lobbyists different now, and will the new code be effective or is just a cosmetic change? (With video interview ALTER-EU spokespeople Vicky Cann and Natacha Cingotti.)

New MEP code of conduct lacks 'strong and clear' enforcement

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Media title: 
The Parliament

ALTER-EU is using the anniversary to urge parliament's president Martin Schulz to propose "strong and clear" enforcement measures in order to guarantee "consistent interpretation and strict enforcement".

Revolving Doors: ALTER-EU letter about Budgetary Control committee's vote on Staff Regulations

Publication date: 
Friday, March 16, 2012
Author: 
Vicky Cann

The Staff Regulations contain the ethics rules which govern 55,000 or more officials who work across the EU institutions. ALTER-EU considers that the current process to reform the Staff Regulations provides an opportunity to improve these ethics rules, especially those that relate to conflicts of interest during and after EU staff work for the EU.

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One year on from MEP scandal: Parliament must be strict on implementation of ethics code to avoid new scandals

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Press release issued by: 
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)

One year after the ‘cash-for-amendments’ scandal, ALTER-EU warns that the new ethical code introduced does not include all the safeguards necessary to prevent another ‘lobbygate’.

 

Firm action to regulate ‘revolving door’ between European institutions and lobby industry needed

Publication date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Author: 
ALTER-EU, EuroCoop, Transparency International Brussels office, Solidar, EURODAD, EPSU

When EU institution staff members leave public service and become lobbyists, conflicts of interest may arise that can damage the integrity of the public policy-making process and the reputation of the European institutions.

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