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26/09/2016

European institutions split over lobbying black list

Topic: transparency


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.
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