Campaign groups today launched the Democracy for Sale Awards, an initiative giving citizens the opportunity to call out the corporate lobbyists most successful in undermining democracy and the public interest by capturing the EU positions for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Following the high-level appointment of former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to Goldman Sachs, an alliance of pro-transparency NGOs has launched a citizens' petition demanding stricter rules for ex-EU Commissioners' revolving door moves.
Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl today wrote to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, calling on him to investigate Angelika Niebler MEP over a possible conflict of interest and breach of the Parliaments code of conduct.
Research by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and Access Info Europe shows that well over 90 per cent of meetings between the Commission's department for financial regulation (DG FISMA) officials not covered by transparency rules and lobbyists are with the corporate sector.
Today Friends of the Earth Europe together with Corporate Europe Observatory filed a complaint at the European Ombudsman about the appointment of Edmund Stoiber as special adviser to the European Commission.
Edmund Stoiber was appointed in December 2014 by Commission President Juncker to advise him on "better regulation". However, as an Access to Documents request revealed, the appointment was announced before Stoiber had undergone the necessary checks for conflicts of interest.
Potential conflicts of interest continue to plague the European Parliament one year after elections, finds new research released today.
The report from Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl, details nine cases of MEPs who have other jobs while holding public office and are at risk of potential conflicts of interest.
When the new European Commission took over in November 2014, energy policy became one of the central issues on the EU's agenda. The creation of the position of a 'Vice-President for the Energy Union' in the European Commission shows that energy ranks among the top concerns for European officials.
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has urged European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans to take strong and urgent action to create a high-quality and legally-binding EU lobby transparency register in a letter sent to him today, signed by over one hundred non-governmental organisations and trade unions, and supported by the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity .
Friends of the Earth Europe today cautiously welcomed moves announced by the European Commission to increase the transparency of the ongoing EU-US trade negotiations. While the new rules are a positive step, they fall short of providing full transparency and openness to allow a proper public debate on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).