Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso did not breach EU ethics rules but he may have been unwise to take a controversial top job at US investment bank Goldman Sachs after leaving office, an EU panel said today (31 October).
The EU unveiled plans Wednesday (28 September) to make lobbyists register before meeting a wider range of top officials, after a series of high-profile cases concerning the transparency of ex-Commissioners.
The European Parliament's Panama Papers inquiries has invited the journalists that first published the leak to its first hearing, in a political charged move against a "system that many European countries are involved in". EURACTIV Germany reports.
In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
The European Parliament has indefinitely postponed a vote on an initiative that was meant to bring clarity to MEPs' side activities and rein in lobbyists. But no one wants to shoulder the blame. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (13 September) accused Brussels of discrimination after it ordered an ethics probe into his new role at US investment bank Goldman Sachs.
José Manuel Barroso will face humiliating security checks after Jean-Claude Juncker, his successor as European Commission President, stripped him of the privileges traditionally offered to visiting dignitaries in Brussels.
Legal firms have been operating in Brussels for years without registering wtih the EU's transparency register, a new study has revealed. However, it seems likely that the European Commission will persevere with voluntary registration. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker received today (5 April) Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany who now works for Gazprom. The Commission however insisted the two met as old acquaintances.
The ambitious plans of the Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Christian Schmidt, to ban tobacco advertising have been scaled back. Critics have cited pressure from the tobacco industry. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
EXCLUSIVE / Europe’s farming lobby has warned MEPs the industry will quit the European Union if they vote to cap agricultural gas emissions in a crunch vote this Wednesday (28 October) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The dieselgate scandal has sent share prices plummeting and led investors to demand explanations about the role of the 115 lobbyists employed by car manufacturers in Brussels. Journal de l'Environnement reports.
The European Commission fails to meet United Nations transparency obligations over tobacco lobbying the EU Ombudsman has found, in the latest of a string of embarrassments over the executive’s relationship with Big Tobacco.
Nearly half of the world's 200 biggest companies actively fight regulation to protect the climate, a study has revealed. French business group MEDEF and oil company Total are among the worst offenders. EurAtiv France reports.
International institutional investors with assets worth more than €61 billion in assets under management have called on nine multinational energy and mining companies to leave EU lobbying associations, because of their “regressive” climate change policies.
The EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II is supposed to prevent excessive food speculation. But Oxfam says the financial sector is fighting stricter rules, with grave repercussions. EURACTIV Germany reports.