About: transparency

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 …

Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

Cooperatives advocate: Regional economies are the future

What can answer the challenges posed by the financial crisis, Brexit and Donald Trump? Head of the Raiffeisen Society Werner Böhnke told EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche that the solution could be provided by cooperatives.

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.

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.

Public Affairs 21-04-2015

Ombudsman: EU must interrogate US over TTIP transparency

The United States’ resistance to greater transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, poses a problem to a European Commission that must answer demands for more openness from civil society if it is to seal the trade deal, the European Ombudsman has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Digital 03-10-2013

EU fails to scrutinise lobbyists who operate in the dark

With the European Commission and Parliament leading a joint committee to scrutinise the EU’s lobbyist transparency register, NGOs are keeping a close eye on the developments. The Parliament's credibility is at risk if the register is not made mandatory, argues Paul de Clerck.

Digital 01-10-2013

Lobbyist representative: Best facts, not big bucks, win lobbying campaigns

The European Transparency Register, the EU's database for lobbyists, is currently under scrutiny as it set to be reformed by the end of 2013. Above all, the register needs more resources and to get rid of its loopholes, if Brussels wants a fair public affairs level playing field, Karl Isaksson says.

Euro & Finance 18-09-2013

Banker: ‘Member states should handle rights to bank accounts’

The European Commission's proposals to give citizens the right to open a bank account are admirable, according to the European Banking Federation’s Eric Leenders, but there needs to be a clear distinction between opening accounts for economic migrants and opening accounts for social inclusion. He tells EURACTIV that bank accounts for social inclusion purposes should be left within the determination of the member states.

Digital 15-11-2011

First Pirate MEP: We expect party to grow

Pirate parties in EU countries are expected to grow, because they address issues of high importance in the modern society that is based on digital information, Christian Engström, Swedish Pirate MEP, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview. 

Public Affairs 09-06-2011

Scholar: East Europeans see lobbying as ‘corruption in disguise’

The common perception in Central and East European countries that lobbying is no more than "corruption in sophisticated disguise" explains why calls to ban lobbying can be heard every now and then, argues Agnieszka Cianciara, an expert on lobbying and senior teaching assistant at the College of Europe. 

Public Affairs 13-05-2010

PA boss: Power in Brussels ‘shifting to bureaucratic level’

Decision-making under the EU's reformed comitology system represents a 'black box' in EU transparency, prominent consultant Daniel Guégen told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview, asserting that power in Brussels "is shifting from the political level to the bureaucratic level". 

Public Affairs 10-05-2010

Šef?ovi?: EEAS to reach ‘balanced’ representation by 2013

The European External Action Service (EEAS) plans to achieve an inter-institutional balance by filling member states' quotas by 2013, Maroš Šef?ovi?, European Commission vice-president responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Public Affairs 19-01-2010

NGO: ‘Reform EU financial expert groups’

"The European Commission should reform the way it takes advice on financial matters and it cannot do that without bringing about a deep change in its financial expert groups," Yiorgos Vassalos, a researcher at the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.

Public Affairs 16-11-2007

EPACA: Single public affairs register ‘better system’

As the European Commission finalises plans for its public affairs register, set to be introduced next spring, EPACA chairman José Lalloum told EURACTIV in an interview that the system must be mandatory and common to both the Commission and the Parliament if it is to be a success.

Public Affairs 04-11-2005

Interview: Commissioner Kallas on the Transparency Initiative

Lobbyists in Brussels, whether NGOs or professional consultants, should endorse common rules on ethics and transparency or face regulation, Commissioner Kallas has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Public Affairs 30-09-2005

Interview with Giles Merritt – editor of Europe’s World

To mark the launch of Europe-wide policy journal 'Europe's World', editor Giles Merritt discusses the need for a pan-European publication that offers policymakers across Europe a platform for sharing ideas and reflects the diversity of national policy debates.

Public Affairs 27-07-2005

Interview – Friends of the Earth’s Paul de Clerck on lobbying transparency

Registration should be made mandatory for all lobbyists across the board, including NGOs, argues corporate accountability campaigner Paul de Clerck of Friends of the Earth.

Security 13-07-2005

EU Privacy Supervisor: After London terror, don’t give away freedoms

In tension situations, such as after the London bombings, lawmakers should refrain from rushing into privacy-invasive measures, says Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV. 

Public Affairs 04-05-2005

Interview with Daniel Guéguen on the scrutiny of Brussels lobbyists

A professional body that would certify the aptitudes and integrity of lobbyists in Brussels should be at the heart of attempts to prop up ethics in lobbying, public affairs veteran Daniel Guéguen has told EURACTIV in an interview.