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  • Pressure mounts ahead of lobbying vote

    News | Public Affairs 08-05-2008

    A mandatory register of lobbyists common to all EU institutions must be set up as soon as possible, said global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International ahead of today’s (8 May) vote on a lobbying report in the European Parliament.

  • ‘Moment of truth’ approaching for lobbying transparency

    News | Public Affairs 30-04-2008

    The European Parliament is widely expected to approve a landmark report on lobbying during its Brussels plenary session next week (8 May), representing a key moment in the drive to improve the transparency of the EU institutions and the estimated 15,000 lobbyists who seek to influence them.

  • Towards a common register for EU lobbyists

    Opinion | Public Affairs 07-04-2008

    As the number of lobbyists operating in Brussels continues to increase, there are growing calls for their access to the Commission and Parliament to be regulated via a common register, writes former Parliament rapporteur on lobbying and new Finnish foreign minister Alexander Stubb for Europe's World.

  • Parliament report calls for common EU lobbyists register

    News | Public Affairs 03-04-2008

    The Commission's upcoming lobbyists register should be mandatory and common to all three institutions, recommends a report adopted on Tuesday (1 April) in the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee. But some NGOs and transparency groups believe the proposals are inadequate.

  • Commission to target expert groups in transparency drive

    News | Public Affairs 26-03-2008

    The European Commission has said it will publish a list of individual experts who sit on its advisory groups by the summer, after transparency campaigners yesterday (25 March) presented a report accusing the EU executive of bias in favour of industry.  

  • EU to name farm aid beneficiaries

    News | Public Affairs 20-03-2008

    As of next year, member states will be required to make public a list of all recipients of EU agricultural subsidies, together with full details of amounts received, putting an end to the traditional secrecy surrounding handouts from the EU’s largest fund.

  • Parliament vote boosts fight against maladministration

    News | Public Affairs 12-03-2008

    Proposals to improve the European Ombudsman's access to EU documents as a means of increasing transparency within the EU institutions were approved by MEPs on 10 March.

  • Survey: EU lobbyists wary of media, civil society

    News | Public Affairs 10-03-2008

    Journalists are the least trusted when it comes to integrity and honesty, according to lobbyists surveyed for the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA). The poll also found Parliament to have "a strong civil society bias" while the Commission and Council are seen as more favourable to business arguments.

  • Commission revamps internal ethics code

    News | Public Affairs 07-03-2008

    EU Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas has sought to clarify guidelines on preventing potential conflicts of interest which touch on the independence and impartiality of officials working in the EU executive. But the guidelines, seen by EURACTIV, have already been criticised as "far too weak" by ALTER-EU, a lobbying transparency group.

  • Improvements required in the EU public affairs process

    Opinion | Public Affairs 03-03-2008

    Public affairs, or the "interaction of society with its political institutions," is essential to democracy, particularly a 'new' democracy on a continental scale such as the EU, writes Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), in an article for EU Reporter.

  • Commission defiant over lobbying transparency criticism

    News | Public Affairs 14-02-2008

    The Commission has refuted claims that its upcoming lobbyists register, due in spring, will be 'useless' without more detailed information.

  • Public authorities must tame ‘predatory’ lobbyists

    News | Public Affairs 29-01-2008

    Public authorities should make a new commitment to reach the outsiders among minority interests and the 'silent majority' to prevent lobbying from becoming a "monopolising channel of influence towards the EU institutions", according to EU citizens' association ECAS.