Schulz urged to investigate potential MEP conflict of interest

14 July 2016

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.

Ms Niebler, a Christian Democrat MEP for Bavaria has continued her legal career since being elected to the European Parliament, with two law firms not registered in the EU Transparency Register, according to the letter.

Myriam Douo, transparency campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "With the EU institutions under scrutiny like never before, it should be vital for the European Parliament that it avoids an integrity crisis. There is only one hard and fast way to prevent anti-democratic conflicts of interest in the Parliament, and that's to make sure MEPs are banned from holding additional jobs with organisations that lobby EU institutions."

In particular, the letter notes that Ms Niebler:

The letter goes on to call on President Schulz to:

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for a mandatory lobby register, and seeks to expose deceptive lobbying practices.