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European Ombudsman demands EFSA admits failure on revolving door

Publication date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Press release issued by: 
Testbiotech

The European Ombudsman has ruled in favour of Testbiotech's complaint against the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) regarding its approach to the 'revolving door'. The case concerns EFSA's former senior staff member, Dr Suzy Renckens, who also featured in ALTER-EU's recent report.

 

Un solide bouclier

Publication date: 
Friday, December 2, 2011
Author: 
AFP
Media title: 
La Libre

Les allégations de corruption, même limitées à un petit nombre de députés, cela ternit l’image d’une assemblée. Soucieux de sa réputation, le Parlement européen s’est doté d’un "code de conduite" qui protègera, dès le 1er janvier 2012, les parlementaires de tout conflit d’intérêts.

EU parliament set to introduce new code of conduct for MEPs

Publication date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Author: 
Martin Banks
Media title: 
TheParliament

"Alter-EU will be watching how well the new rules are implemented and advocating for new improvements in the run-up to the review that is planned before the next parliamentary elections."

Plenary green-lights new MEP code of conduct

Publication date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Author: 
Gaspard Sebag
Media title: 
Europolitics

On 1 December, an overwhelming majority of MEPs (619 in favour, two against and six abstentions) endorsed a code of conduct for deputies, thereby seeking to modify the EP's rules of procedure and fight conflicts of interest. Its proper implementation will be key to its success.

New MEP code of conduct a step forward: now MEPS must do their homework

Publication date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Press release issued by: 
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)

The code will increase transparency and introduce rules to avoid conflicts of interest. ALTER-EU regrets, however, the lack of measures to stop MEPs moving into lobbying jobs without a cooling-off period, and the weakening of proposed rules regarding gifts that would allow MEPs to accept paid trips to luxury destinations from interest groups.

 

Strong code is only way to regain trust

Publication date: 
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Author: 
Natacha Cingotti
Media title: 
New Europe

On 1 December, MEPs will vote on the proposed MEPs' Code of Conduct, following its approval by the Constitutional Affairs Committee. Under the proposed rules, MEPs would not be allowed to receive money in order to lobby their colleagues and they would have to declare their outside financial interests in a strict way.

Block the revolving door: why we need to stop EU officials becoming lobbyists

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Too few checks are being made on ex-Commission officials who move into jobs in the lobby industry, resulting in abuses of power, according to a report published today (Thursday 24 November) by ALTER-EU.

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Letter to Commissioner Šefčovič to to ask to overhaul the revolving door rules in current review of Staff Regulations

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Author: 
ALTER-EU steering committee

[T]he Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launches [...] a major campaign to address the problem of the revolving door between the EU institutions and the lobby industry in Brussels.

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MEPs back new code of conduct after bribery scandal

Publication date: 
Friday, November 18, 2011
Author: 
Philip Ebels
Media title: 
EU Observer

Euro-deputies in the key committee dealing with parliamentary rules on Thursday (17 November) approved a new code of conduct obliging them to more transparency and disclosure after a cash-for-amendments scandal uncovered earlier this year.

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