About: transparency

Health 27-04-2022

Health brief: Transparency in COVID contracts

The EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic had to happen fast, but critics quickly highlighted the lack of transparency - especially with the vaccine contracts. These critics are not done fighting.
Technology 30-03-2022

Crypto community mobilises against MEPs’ transfer transparency rules

EU lawmakers have been spammed with hundreds of emails from the crypto community attempting to influence a key committee vote on Thursday (31 March) regarding the information requirements on the transfers of cryptocurrencies. The legislation is a recast of the...
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2022

EU investment transparency platform leaves anti-graft watchers wanting

The European Commission has presented a new online tool that gives citizens an overview of big structural investment projects backed by the EU, as the next big step in Brussels’ transparency efforts.
Agrifood 18-02-2022

EU watchdog cautions Commission over fairness, transparency of CAP reform

The EU Ombudsman has written to the Commission to query how it will ensure transparency and a balanced representation of interests during the implementation of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform. Stressing that agriculture is a crucial sector for reducing...
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2022

Commission to extend flexibility of EU aid as disparities persist

The European Commission will extend looser rules introduced at the onset of the pandemic for EU structural funds spending in an effort to help reduce disparities across the bloc, regional policy Commissioner Elisa Ferreira announced on Thursday (10 February).
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2022

An accelerator for a new model of capitalism

The proposed revision of EU rules on non-financial reporting is a further step in the evolution of our business model and investment practices, write a group of leading European business bosses.
Health 28-01-2022

EU watchdog accuses Commission of maladministration over texts to Pfizer CEO

The European Commission's denial of access to text messages between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla amounts to ‘maladministration’, the EU Ombudsman found.
Technology 30-11-2021

Trade secrets don’t trump our rights

Europe’s sophisticated draft legislation – the Digital Services Act (DSA) – could finally change the asymmetry of power and information between Big Tech and citizens by enabling data access for regulators and vetted researchers to look ‘under the hood.’  Sarah...
Technology 30-11-2021

How new, binding EU transparency standards for political advertising could be even higher

The European Commission’s draft law on political advertising aims to create binding transparency standards and includes a ban on targeting. This ban, however, has big loopholes that need to be addressed.
Agrifood 26-10-2021

Commission dismisses calls for more transparency in drafting CAP plans

The European Commission has dismissed calls for more transparency in the drafting of the Common Agricultural Policy strategic plans, saying an excessive focus on this risks overburdening the process and missing the big picture.
Media 25-06-2021

Media sector eyes opportunity to rebalance relations with online platforms

From advertising revenue to content moderation, the EU's Digital Services Act (DSA) is set to shape a number of areas in which media industry actors have been calling for change, particularly in their relation to online platforms.
24-06-2021

EU recovery plans will be a waste of time and money without transparency 

The lack of transparency requirements on the use of EU recovery funds risks generating corruption and undermining public support, argue Helen Darbishire and Karolis Granickas.

Lobbying and undue influence: It’s time to put the spotlight on defence

Defence is one of the most important policy areas for governments around the world, but related decision-making is rarely as transparent and fair as it should be and lawmakers must shine a light on lobbying by the arms industry, argues Charlie Linney.
Technology 05-05-2021

Facebook fears regulators’ competing demands for privacy, transparency

Facebook is in favour of more regulation but is concerned that platforms could be forced in "diametrically opposed directions" in terms of privacy and transparency requirements, Nick Clegg, the platform's vice president for global affairs, has said. EURACTIV France reports.

NGOs call for stricter reporting requirements for European companies

By the end of March, the European Commission wants to present a revised version of the so-called non-financial reporting directive (NFRD). A coalition of European NGOs is calling for greater transparency and stricter reporting requirements for companies in sustainability matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Technology 12-02-2021

Google challenges French data watchdog’s €100 million fine in court

France's administrative court known as the Council of State considered on Thursday an application for interim measures filed by Google LLC and Google Ireland after the French Data Protection Authority known as the CNIL fined the digital giant €100 million last December for its cookie collection policy. EURACTIV France was at the hearing.
Coronavirus 12-01-2021

MEPs get glimpse of first COVID contract amid calls for more transparency 

MEPs will, for the first time, be privy to the details of the first of the COVID vaccine contracts this week, although say that more must be done to achieve the level of transparency needed to improve trust and negate a rising ‘vaccine nationalism’.
Health 26-10-2020

Transparency in the race for a COVID vaccine

Download PDF  

As the coronavirus crisis continues to have a devasting impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, all eyes are on scientists to deliver on a COVID-19 vaccine. It is widely accepted that a safe and effective vaccine represents our best chance...
Politics 02-10-2020

BlackRock case: Putting an end to conflicts of interest at European level

BlackRock's controversial contract to advise the European Commission should be put on hold and new transparency criteria introduced to prevent such conflicts of interest, writes Aurore Lalucq and a group of 58 MEPs.
Future EU 23-06-2020

German EU Presidency: Influenced by lobbyists?

Large lobbying associations have a strong influence on the German government and there are concerns that this might impact its EU Council presidency, which starts on 1 July, warned a study conducted by NGOs LobbyControl and Corporate Europe Observatory. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 12-06-2020

German EU Presidency: MEPs warn Merkel of company lobbying

An alliance of MEPs is calling on Germany to tighten the rules on transparency and lobbying when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in July. Germany should follow Finland's example and report what happens at the Council meetings, the MEPs say. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 08-06-2020

Commission kept no records on Davos meeting between von der Leyen and Palantir CEO

No detailed records exist concerning a January meeting between European  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the CEO of controversial US data analytics firm Palantir, the EU executive has said in response to a EURACTIV query.
Economy & Jobs 07-10-2019

Practise what you preach: banks should endorse the sustainability practices they publicly support

Paul Tang questions why bank lobbyists are seeking to delay transparency measures that they have publicly endorsed.
Internet governance 03-07-2019

Germany wants to fine Facebook over hate speech reporting

Social media platforms in Germany are obliged to report hate speech and other illegal content. Germany's Federal Office of Justice is expected to slap a €2 million fine on Facebook for reporting only a fraction of such activity on its platform. EURACTIV Germany reports.