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04/12/2016

The Better Regulation Package under the looking-glass

Topic: transparency


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Public Affairs 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.
Euro & Finance 17-11-2016

Stiglitz: US will have a 'tax avoider-in-chief' in White House

Countries that encourage tax evasion should miss out on free trade agreements and access to banking, according to economist Joseph Stiglitz who urged Europe to take the lead in fighting tax dodgers in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the United States. EurActiv Germany reports.

Enlargement 16-11-2016

Commission: Serbia should acknowledge the remit of independent bodies

Serbia should improve its understanding of independent bodies, including the Ombudsman, while its parliament should be more active in overseeing the government, the European Commission said in its annual Progress Report for Serbia. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Trade & Society 10-11-2016

France makes another U-turn on EU trade policy

After going to extraordinary lengths to block an anti-CETA resolution in the French parliament, Matthias Fekl has called for more democracy in Europe's trade negotiations. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 08-11-2016

Commission to open probe into tech companies' algorithms next year

The European Commission is considering actions to make internet firms share details about the algorithms they use to present information like news or user posts.
Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Belgium's political leaders are set for a new round of talks to try and resolve differences that have blocked a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal.
Digital 26-10-2016

Who sets the agenda on algorithmic accountability?

A discussion on algorithmic accountability and transparency is missing from Europe’s digital economy framework. Citizens need assurances that machines are treating them fairly, writes Liisa Jaakonsaari.
Public Affairs 12-10-2016

EU employees set to hand in petition against Barroso

Hundreds of thousands of EU officials and citizens have signed a petition calling for a suspension of pension rights to former European Commission president José Manuel Barroso for taking a job at Goldman Sachs.
Public Affairs 28-09-2016

EU seeks to broaden lobbyist register rules

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.
Trade & Society 27-09-2016

EU's ‘anti-leaks strategy’ leaked

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission will launch an “anti-leaks strategy” on Friday (30 September) to prevent key policy documents being circulated to the media, and avoid further “reputational damage” to the EU's flagship institution, EurActiv.com has learned.
Security 23-09-2016

Imperative that next Secretary-General reforms UN

As the UN’s selection process continues, for the first time with added transparency, Najiba Mustafayeva writes that the eventual nominee must reform the 71-year-old organisation to better reflect the realities of the modern world.
Public Affairs 15-09-2016

European Parliament quietly scuppers lobbying reform

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.
Public Affairs 06-09-2016

EU Ombudsman tells Juncker to clarify his stance on Barroso’s new job

Emily O'Reilly has urged European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to address widespread concerns and clarify the institution’s position on the appointment of his predecessor, José Manuel Barroso, as the non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs.
Trade & Society 30-08-2016

France demands end to TTIP talks

France plans to call for an end to the transatlantic free trade talks in September, so the negotiations can be restarted "on a good basis", Matthias Fekl announced. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.
Public Affairs 14-07-2016

Publish papers from secretive talks on EU law, Ombudsman tells institutions

Secretive three-way talks between EU institutions on draft law must be made more transparent, the European Ombudsman today (14 July) said after an investigation into the negotiations known as “trialogues”.
Euro & Finance 13-07-2016

Monaco signs up to EU's tax transparency scheme

The EU has signed a fiscal transparency agreement with Monaco in an attempt to stop Europeans hiding undeclared income in the Mediterranean principality. EurActiv Spain reports.
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?

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Open data, and the transparency and effectiveness of international development aid, have failed to get the attention they deserve.
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.
EU Priorities 2020 31-05-2016

Giegold: ‘Many member states avoid European transparency like the plague’

EXCLUSIVE / Back in 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker prioritised transparency as a crucial point of his Commission's mandate. EurActiv Germany spoke with Sven Giegold about the future of transparency in the institutions.
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.
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.