A Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) was introduced in January 2012. This followed calls for reforms after a major scandal hit the European Parliament. In 2011, three MEPs allegedly accepted an offer of money in exchange for tabling amendments to legisl
ation in what would later be referred to as the 'cash for amendments' scandal. President Schulz, then leader of the Social and Democrats party, said that MEPs should have no other employment on the side, even calling on one of the MEPs involved to give back their mandate.
This briefing notes how three years on, the code is yet to be effectively enforced.