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01-12-2017

Hübner: The European Union is more transparent than national governments

Compared to the national governments of the member states, the European Union is ahead of the curve when it comes to transparency, former Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner told EURACTIV in an interview. But improvements are still badly needed. Danuta Hübner is a centre-right member of the European Parliament from Poland who chairs the constitutional affairs …

Politics 28-11-2017

The biggest loophole in the Commission’s lobby transparency efforts

Extending the “no registration, no meeting” rule from the Commission elite to lower-level officials would at once improve lobby transparency and protect civil servants. But the Commission has been actively avoiding the need to address this, writes Margarida Silva.

Politics 23-11-2017

Balancing secrecy and openness, the EU strives for transparency

EU laws go through a roller-coaster of opacity, with lawmaking only becoming visible in some parts of the process. But a new regime could extend this transparency from conception to birth.

Politics 06-11-2017

A new definition of lobbying would be unnecessary and risky

The Commission wants to redefine lobbying during the upcoming revision of the EU lobby transparency register so that it only relates to direct contacts with EU decision-makers, allowing certain lobbyists to operate under the radar, writes Vicky Cann.

 

Politics 18-10-2017

It’s high time the Council joins the EU’s Transparency Register rules

The Council of the European Union is one of the most important institutions involved in the EU’s decision-making process. But despite a ruling by the highest EU court and increased demands from civil society, they refuse to sign up to the transparency register, writes Andreas Pavlou.

Politics 02-10-2017

More transparency needed to tackle corporate capture

Two years after Dieselgate put the issue of corporate capture into the limelight, EU institutions have the perfect opportunity to get tough on lobbying, through a comprehensive reform of the EU lobby transparency, writes Myriam Douo.

Politics 27-03-2017

Lobby transparency reform: Here we go again

Scandals from Dieselgate to tobacco, glyphosate to high finance, have contributed to widespread public cynicism over the power of lobbyists in the EU. Campaigners are facing the upcoming EU lobby transparency negotiations with a mixture of weary resignation and apprehension, writes Vicky Cann.

02-02-2017

The Brief: Juncker dresses down Commission’s Davos dozen

Jean-Claude Juncker is “not a great fan” of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Commission said today.

Public Affairs 01-02-2017

Top lobbyists split over mandatory transparency registers

The many different transparency requirements across the EU are a minefield for lobbyists and lawmakers alike. Mandatory and voluntary systems both have their own advantages, but neither has been able to solve the industry’s image problem.

Public Affairs 04-01-2017

Does corruption threaten Europe?

Current debate rarely attributes the rise of populism in European politics to the perceived prevalence of corruption. Yet public opinion often shows that citizens believe their representatives to be corrupt, write Laurence Cockcroft and Anne-Christine Wegener.

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To ensure that no group gains an unfair advantage over the others, it is crucial that consultations are carried out in full transparency.
Politics 21-11-2016

Who is lobbying for lobbyists?

To ensure that no group gains an unfair advantage over the others, it is crucial that consultations are carried out in full transparency.

Public Affairs 18-11-2016

Hungary asked Kremlin lobbyist to airlift Oettinger to Budapest

The Hungarian government yesterday (17 November) explained that EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger's controversial flight to Budapest on board a Kremlin lobbyist's private jet took place as part of Hungary's contacts with the businessman.

01-06-2016

EU transparency register fails to restrain lobbyists

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.

Future EU 30-05-2016

Watchdog opens inquiry into Commission advisers

Emily O'Reilly opened an investigation into how the EU executive hires special advisers for Commissioners.

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.

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

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.

Transparency International's list of top TTIP lobbyists in the European Commission
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2015

Top TTIP lobbyists come into view

The ten most active groups lobbying EU institutions on TTIP are out in the open. Statistics released today (24 June) reveal some of the big spenders meeting with European Commission leaders on the trade deal.

Public Affairs 12-05-2015

NGOs demand Timmermans make good on mandatory lobbying register

One hundred and twelve organisations sent a letter to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans today (11 May) asking for stronger rules on lobbying transparency.

Business and the struggle between climate and profit

Business lobby groups use their influence to hold back EU legislation on climate change. The authors of a recent study believe this should force companies to reconsider their priorities. EURACTIV France reports

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#Media4EU 13-02-2015

EU Community launches new tool for relevant experts

On 29 January, EURACTIV's flagship innovation project EU Community, presented the beta version of its first tool: EurActory.

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Public Affairs 06-01-2015

EU’s voluntary-lobbyist-registration policy belies its calls for transparency

Developed countries often lecture states in the developing world about transparency. So it seems the height of hypocrisy that the European Union is not requiring lobbyists to register, writes Giorgi Meladze.

Public Affairs 01-10-2014

Philip Morris tops NGOs’ lobbying spending table

Tobacco giant Philip Morris was the company that spent the most money on lobbying the EU last year, according to data compiled by civil society organisations.

Public Affairs 16-04-2014

EU lobbyist register to become mandatory by 2017

Lobbyists trying to influence EU policymakers will soon have to disclose details on their budget and methods, after the European Parliament approved tougher rules and called on the Commission to make the EU’s lobby register mandatory by 2017.