Fresh evidence about the close links between Miguel Arias Cañete, who has been named to take over as the EU’s energy and climate chief, and the oil industry, has been revealed by Friends of the Earth Europe ahead of his hearing in the European Parliament today.
Miguel Arias Cañete, the Spanish politician nominated as the new EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy, faced tough questioning from MEPs in his parliamentary hearing this evening.
Ahead of his hearing Friends of the Earth Europe revealed fresh evidence about his links to the oil industry and his long history of conflicts of interest, and there was growing public opposition to his appointment.
A ruling by the European Ombudsman today that the European Commission should make its processes on revolving doors cases 'more robust' to avoid conflicts of interest, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Greenpeace, LobbyControl and SpinWatch.
The new code of conduct for Members of the European Parliament is failing to prevent potential conflicts of interest in a number of specific cases, finds a new report released today. 
Transparency about the free trips and hospitality MEPs receive could be a step closer if new ethics proposals are properly enforced.
A group of MEPs looking at the European Parliament's code of conduct has proposed ways to improve its implementation. The document, which has been made available online  today by Transparency International-EU, includes provisions and guidelines for the monitoring of gifts and invitations to events organised and financed by third parties which MEPs receive. The proposal will come into force as of July 1, 2013.
A little bit more than one year after the introduction of a new ethics code for Members of the European Parliament, the parliament's first report about how it is functioning has been published.
A majority of people across Europe are concerned about ethics and lobbying in European Union policy-making, and want better regulation of lobbyists, as well as increased transparency of the EU, according to a new opinion poll. 
Lobbying transparency, political ethics and the possibility for citizen participation in the European Union were the themes of a conference today organised by Friends of the Earth Europe together with organisations from five European countries.
Friends of the Earth Europe has today written to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, to express concerns about potential conflicts of interest of MEPs.
The letter, sent together with Corporate Europe Observatory, LobbyControl and Spinwatch, refers to the Belgian MEP and former Prime Minister, Jean-Luc Dehaene's revision of his declaration of financial interests in which he added stock options worth more than €5.3 million in beer company AB Inbev.