About: Code of conduct

Digital 16-10-2018

EU code of practice on fake news: Tech giants sign the dotted line

Tech giants including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Mozilla have submitted plans to the European Commission outlining how they will abide by a code of practice against fake news, amid opposition on the proposals from a multistakeholder forum.
Politics 24-03-2017

Spokesperson: Expensive gifts to Commissioners from ‘old friends’ don’t count

Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has received expensive suits as gifts. Their unit price is estimated at €15,000, the French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné has revealed. But the Commission sees no wrongdoing.
Public Affairs 05-01-2017

NGOs demand Commission deny Oettinger human resources portfolio

A group of NGOs has called on the European Parliament to oppose the proposal by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to put Günther Oettinger in charge of supervising human resources for the EU executive.
Public Affairs 22-12-2016

Brussels reprimands ex-commissioner Kroes, recoups cash

The EU handed an unprecedented public reprimand to a former commissioner on Wednesday (21 December) for taking allowances she was not entitled to but stopped short of legal action after recouping the money.
Public Affairs 14-12-2016

Lawmakers tighten EU Parliament rules, but fail to ban all second jobs

After two years of intense horse-trading, MEPs approved on Tuesday (13 December) a set of reforms to make the European Parliament more efficient and transparent, but limited the scope of banning second jobs to those who actually influence decision-making.
Public Affairs 24-11-2016

After Barroso row, Juncker proposes tighter EU ethics rules

The European Commission proposed yesterday (23 November) lengthening the period of time its own former leaders must wait before taking up new jobs, following public uproar over its last president going to work for Goldman Sachs.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

The Brief: MEPs quash CETA challenge but what about Wallonia?

MEPs today quashed a proposed resolution to refer CETA, the EU-Canada trade deal, to the European Court of Justice by a significant majority.
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.
Public Affairs 17-11-2016

Gomes: Outrageous that Oettinger gets away with it because he’s German

Günther Oettinger is simply not suitable for European Commissioner, but he gets away just because he has the support of the EPP and of Germany,  MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 17-11-2016

Oettinger in fresh row over Kremlin lobbyist’s jet

Germany's European Commissioner Günther Oettinger yesterday (16 November) defended his decision to fly in a Kremlin lobbyist's private jet, days after being caught in a row over derogatory comments about Chinese people.
Public Affairs 14-11-2016

Lessons from the Barroso affair: How to reform Commission ethics

After months of procrastinating, Jean-Claude Juncker has now suggested extending the cooling off period for former Commission presidents. Unfortunately, the proposal is too weak to prevent scandals like ‘Barrosogate’ from happening again.
08-11-2016

Barroso says controversy over his new job shows EU is hostile to US

Former European Commission chief José Manuel Barroso today (6 October) said controversy over his appointment to a job at Goldman Sachs revealed anti-US hostility in Europe.
Public Affairs 07-11-2016

Juncker steps in to close ‘Oettigate’, revolving door controversies

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stepped in over the weekend to quash the controversy surrounding homophobic comments by Germany’s Commissioner in Brussels and moves by former members of the executive who recently joined business lobby groups.
Economy & Jobs 31-10-2016

Parliament freezes Commissioners’ pensions over code of conduct row

EXCLUSIVE /  MEPs have responded to the recent conflicts of interest concerning members of the Barroso Commission by freezing part of the allowance granted to former Commissioners at the end of their mandate. EURACTIV France reports.
Enlargement 20-10-2016

Navracsics voted against the Commission, but his EU commitment remains ‘unshaken’

The Commission told EURACTIV today (20 October) that Hungarian Commissioner Tibor Navracsics had clarified with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that his commitment to the EU remains “unshaken”, despite the fact that he voted against the Commission’s policies in the Hungarian referendum.
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2016

Former Commissioner Kroes named in new offshore leak

Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, once Brussels' most feared corporate watchdog, failed to declare her directorship of an offshore firm, leaked files showed yesterday (21 September).
Global Europe 12-09-2016

Rift brewing between Putin and Merkel over UN nomination

An international standoff is brewing over alleged attempts by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to impose European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as candidate for the post of UN Secretary General.
Emily O'Reilly, EU Ombudsman, with EU Commission president 2009-2014, José Manuel Barroso [European Commission]
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.
Public Affairs 12-07-2016

How to prevent Barroso from becoming yet another lobbyist

Contrary to the salvific rhetoric embraced by the Juncker Commission there are legal obligations preventing José Manuel Barroso from taking up the job as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs, write Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson.

Belgian Commissioner De Gucht to face trial for tax fraud

The Belgian tax authorities have asked Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht to pay the state some €900,000 for not having reported a €1.2 million gain he and his wife made from a transaction before he became commissioner in 2009.
Future EU 22-01-2013

Regner: European elections to test candidates’ true ethical colours

The European elections in 2014 will be the real testing ground on parliamentary openness and ethics, said centre-left MEP Evelyn Regner, a year after a new code of conduct entered into force following a cash-for-influence case.
Future EU 02-12-2011

MEPs approve new code of conduct

The European Parliament approved yesterday (1 December) a new code conduct tightening rules on MEPs’ financial declarations and their contacts with lobbyists to avoid any perception of conflict of interest.
Public Affairs 18-01-2011

Commission’s draft ethics code under fire

Draft rules governing the behaviour of EU commissioners have come under fire from transparency groups, which accused the European Commission of not doing enough to address "revolving door" issues. But the Commission said its critics had failed to take into account "the full picture". 
Public Affairs 18-02-2005

Brussels lobbyists adopt revised code of ethics

After a year of discussions, the Society of European Affairs Professionals has come up with a revised self-regulatory code of conduct. EURACTIV has initial reactions and explanations.

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