About: Sven Giegold

EU admits anti-money laundering rules inefficient, prepares for improved supervision

As recent scandals proved that the new anti-money legislation falls short of monitoring financial flows, the EU is leaning toward stepping up the supervision and enforcement of its rules.
Freedom of thought 19-04-2018

‘Daphne project’ vows to disturb Malta’s corruption praxis

Marking six months since the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, an international consortium of journalists has started publishing further revelations aimed at uncovering the truth about her assassination and making sure her investigations live on.
Politics 31-05-2017

MEPs grill Juncker over LuxLeaks: ‘You turned from Saul to Paul’

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted on Tuesday (30 May) that he overlooked certain effects of Luxembourg's tax policy during his tenure as prime minister of the tiny member state.
Politics 15-03-2017

MEPs finalise watered-down update of EU gun law

The European Parliament approved in plenary yesterday (14 March) amendments to the EU’s firearms legislation but the agreed text is a long way from what the European Commission initially had in mind. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economic governance 08-03-2017

Berlin continues quest for ‘European Monetary Fund’

The German government still wants to set up a European monetary fund but the European Commission does not want to surrender any responsibility for assessing eurozone finances. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 02-02-2017

Greens slam Commission for blocking Panama Papers probe

MEPs from the Greens/EFA group voiced frustration today (2 February) with being blocked in their investigation of the Panama Papers and on the ways in which money laundering and tax evasion are made possible in the European Union.
Public Affairs 09-12-2016

MEPs need a long hard look in the mirror

MEPs have been quick to point out the reforms needed to improve accountability in the Commission but have not turned the same critical eye on themselves, writes Myriam Douo.
Central Asia 17-10-2016

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Euro & Finance 28-09-2016

Panama Papers inquiry sets its sights on Neelie Kroes

The new committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers has voted to stretch its mandate to cover the Bahamas leaks, the latest offshore revelations which directly implicate the former Commissioner Neelie Kroes. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
Euro & Finance 11-05-2016

Greens/EFA: Blacklist USA as ‘world’s largest tax haven’

It isn't just tropical nations like Panama that act as safe havens for tax avoiders; the US stands accused of the same thing according to a new study by the European Parliament's Green faction. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Public Affairs 17-11-2015

Google, Facebook and Amazon forced to face MEPs’ tax questions

Some 11 multinationals gave patchy responses to questions on their tax practices from the MEPs of the special committee on tax rulings (TAXE) on Monday, ending months of procrastination. EURACTIV France reports

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.

Surprising Greens stance on the refugee crisis

The German Greens have added their voice to the debate on the refugee crisis. Some unexpected approaches have been discussed. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 18-09-2015

Parliament tax committee threatens to blacklist uncooperative lobbyists

The European Parliament's Tax Rulings Committee has called for sanctions to be placed on multinationals that refused to attend hearings on their tax practices.  EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 17-09-2015

Grumpy Juncker: ‘Call it EUleaks, not Luxleaks!’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (17 September) gave MEPs an occasionally short-tempered defence of his alleged role in the Luxleaks tax scandal.
Development Policy 15-07-2015

Financiers attack EU rules against food speculation

The EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II is supposed to prevent excessive food speculation. But Oxfam says the financial sector is fighting stricter rules, with grave repercussions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 06-02-2015

Parliament shuns committee of inquiry into Luxleaks

The all-powerful Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament decided on Thursday (5 February) that there would be no committee of inquiry into the Luxleaks scandal, giving it less clout in ongoing investigations of tax avoidance at the European level. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 22-10-2014

Largest banks to pay most in resolution plan

The European Commission Tuesday (21 October) issued rules for calculating the contributions of banks to national resolution funds and a proposal for banks contributing to the banking union’s Single Resolution Fund that would see largest banks hardest hit.
Brexit 22-08-2014

Bowles blasted over move to City

The MEP who led calls to cap fund managers’ bonuses has slammed Sharon Bowles, the ex-chairman of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, for taking a job with the London Stock Exchange.
Speculation in food prices can be potentially fatal for smallholders. Kenya 2008 [World Bank/Flickr]
Development Policy 22-04-2014

Deutsche Bank clashes with NGOs over food speculation

NGOs and investors are at odds over the effects of food speculation, causing the European Parliament to propose limiting direct stakeholder purchases, and Deutsche Bank to cover its tracks amid "a flood of accusations." EURACTIV Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 19-11-2012

Rapporteur: Sorting out details of the banking union

MEPs face a daunting two weeks as they attempt to iron out glitches in key banking union regulations before heads of state meet in December to seal the new regime. Parliament’s life would be made easier if they knew how many countries want to join the new union, the rapporteur on one of the two regulations tells EURACTIV.
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Euro & Finance 10-02-2010

MEPs want large banks under EU thumb

Large cross-border financial institutions will be supervised by a new European authority acting through national regulators, according to draft reports from the European Parliament which establish a single rulebook for financial supervision in the EU.