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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.

A European FBI? Not quite

The European Commission's proposal for an independent body to investigate fraudulent use of EU funds and VAT crimes is long overdue. While not as fully-fledged as an EU version of the FBI, all member states should sign up to it - especially those who have currently opted out, writes Carl Dolan.

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.

EU halts release of anti-corruption report

In Romania, politicians were preparing to legalise political corruption, and elsewhere the misuse of EU funds makes headlines every day. Sandor Lederer asks why has the Commission decided not to release an in-depth anti-corruption report.

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.

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.

Banking union 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.

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Agrifood 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Trade & Society 26-06-2015

TTIP driving EU’s deregulation agenda

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic should consider the wishes of their electorate, including the millions of citizens that have signed petitions against TTIP, argues Pieter de Pous.

Euro & Finance 20-04-2015

EU needs to increase ‘taxparency’

New measures are urgently needed to counter tax evasion, which costs Europe billions of euros each year, argues Jeppe Kofod. 

Euro & Finance 19-03-2015

Time for transparency for EU multinationals

In the wake of a recent wave of corporate tax avoidance scandals, an informed debate on the accountability of EU multinationals is much needed and long overdue, argues Nienke Palstra.

Trade & Society 18-02-2015

All trade policy areas would benefit from Malmström’s TTIP transparency initiative

With the ongoing negotiations for the biggest free trade deal in history, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), transparency has become the new buzz word in trade policy, writes Christofer Fjellner.

Trade & Society 04-02-2015

Don’t expect groundbreaking news from the latest TTIP negotiations

They announced a rapid negotiation, to be concluded by the end of 2014 - then, by the end of 2015. After 18 months of exploration, the menu for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will require significantly more time to digest than was first thought, writes Elvire Fabry.

Development Policy 03-02-2015

Tax cooperation key to UN post-2015 development goals

As the United Nations meet this year to agree their new post-2015 agenda for global development, tax fairness and the fight against illicit financial flows are high on the agenda, write Christian Haldenwang and Armin von Schiller.

Public Affairs 25-09-2014

A roadmap to transparency and away from Sir Humphrey

The culture of European Union institutions need radical change to deliver the transparency that is vital to restore citizens' trust, writes Sophie in 't Veld.