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23/05/2016

Does independent journalism have a future in the EU?

Topic: transparency


Trade & Society 04-05-2016

Timmermans: Transparency is needed to ‘reconnect with sceptical citizens'

Frans Timmermans claimed on Monday (2 May) that the EU was a world leader in trade transparency, as he called for a compulsory register of lobbyists in Brussels.
Development Policy 28-04-2016

French aid transparency among the worst in the world

In 2014, France launched a drive for greater transparency in its official development assistance. But two years on, results have proved elusive, and France is still among Europe’s worst performers. EurActiv France reports.
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The Better Regulation Package under the looking-glass

The European Commission’s “Better Regulation Package” makes significant changes to the lawmaking process in Europe.
Euro & Finance 15-02-2016

EU signs transparency agreement with Andorra

Andorra has signed a fiscal-transparency agreement with the European Union with the aim of making it more difficult for European citizens to hide undeclared money in the country.
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

Better law-making requires more transparency

The European Commission should make public a study on biofuels it commissioned itself, even if it doesn’t like its results, writes José Inácio Faria.

Publish minutes of expert meetings, Ombudsman tells Commission

The European Commission should start publishing comprehensive minutes of the meetings of the 830 expert groups the executive uses to inform its policy decisions, an EU watchdog has said.
UK & Europe 13-01-2016

Commission’s Brexit boss ‘bans’ press from UK parliamentary hearing

The European Commission’s ‘Brexit boss’ yesterday (12 January) effectively banned the press from a UK committee hearing into Britain’s upcoming referendum on its membership of the bloc.
Euro & Finance 17-12-2015

No progress on tax transparency without European agreement, says France

The French parliament has finally rejected country by country reporting for the activities of the biggest French companies, refusing to get tough on tax optimisation without the involvement of their European partners. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 16-12-2015

Anti-dumping transparency is clearly needed

The European Commission’s Trade For All strategy, released in October, contains much to appreciate, especially from the Foreign Trade Association’s perspective, which represents EU importers, retailers and brand-names, writes Christian Ewert.
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Euro & Finance 16-11-2015

10 Steps towards tax justice in Europe

It’s been a year since the Luxleaks scandal.
Euro & Finance 05-11-2015

Remember the fifth of November: Gunpowder, treason and tax?

This 5 November will not just be the anniversary of an attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament, but also the anniversary of Luxleaks, write Elena Gaita and Alex Johnson. 
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Euro & Finance 27-10-2015

What is a fairer corporate taxation system for the EU? Hill+Knowlton Strategies shares its perspectives

With tax issues high on the agenda particularly following last week’s ruling by the European Commission that Fiat and Starbucks had received tax breaks that amounted to illegal state aid, tax issues are high on the European Commission’s agenda.
Public Affairs 19-10-2015

European institutions split over lobbying black list

The European Parliament is considering revoking the accreditation of certain big business lobbyists. But the Commission has no such plans. EurActiv France reports

Giegold: I've no problem with livestreaming secret talks on EU law

The lead MEP on a European Parliament transparency report has said that he was lobbied “all the time” during secret negotiations over EU law, and had better access to classified documents just because he is German. Sven Giegold exclusively told EurActiv he wouldn’t care if “trialogue” discussions were livestreamed and branded a European Commission push for better regulation an attack on parliamentary democracy.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2015

EU finance ministers approve new tax transparency rules

EU finance ministers approved the automatic sharing of information on tax rulings between member states on 6 October, in a bid to cut tax competition. EurActiv France reports
Euro & Finance 24-09-2015

Finance ministers show willing to work with tax rulings committee

The European Parliament's TAXE committee interviewed the French, Italian, German and Spanish finance ministers on 22 September. They promised to work quickly to adopt the Tax Rulings Directive. EurActiv France reports

Trade secrets trialogue underlines the EU’s democratic deficit

Trialogues - secret three-way talks between the major EU institutions to finalise EU law - are a far cry from how lawmaking is supposed to work, underline the bloc's democratic deficit and breach the Treaties, writes Anaïs Berthier.
EU Priorities 2020 15-09-2015

Trialogues: What goes on behind closed doors?

As a young institution, it is important that the European Parliament acts swiftly to make trialogue talks more democratic before they become ingrained as a tradition, argues Carl Dolan.
Central Europe 11-09-2015

Press freedom in Romania: The success story of imprisoned media owners

Financially unsustainable and legally grey Romanian media have started to crumble, together with their corresponding tycoons, write Manuela Preoteasa and Andrei Schwartz.
Trade & Society 02-09-2015

EU institutions are less transparent than many member states

Providing access to legislative documents should be standard practice for a well-functioning democracy, but the European Union is less transparent than many of its member states, argue Daniel Freund and Alex Johnson.
Public Affairs 28-08-2015

Did the Commission censor Big Tobacco documents because of TTIP?

The European Commission has denied that heavily redacted documents about meetings with Big Tobacco companies have anything to do with EU-US trade talks for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Trade & Society 26-08-2015

Mass protest against TTIP and CETA to take place in Berlin

More than 30 organisations are teaming up for a major demonstration against TTIP and CETA, with concerns ranging from the end of cultural diversity in Europe to devastating effects the deals could have in developing countries. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 25-08-2015

Official: 'Thousands' of bigwigs hold Swiss accounts

Thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons", or PEPs - a category that includes heads of state and other top officials - hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said yesterday (24 August).
Digital 18-08-2015

Does independent journalism have a future in the EU?

Bulgaria's harsh media landscape should serve as a warning about declining press freedoms in Europe, writes Kadrinka Kadrinova.