18 June 2015

This report focuses on nine Members of the European Parliament whose second jobs or outside interests give rise to concerns over potential conflicts of interest. All nine MEPs hold paid positions in companies or business associations that directly or indirectly lobby EU decision-makers on current legislative files. 

13 May 2014

A Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) was introduced in January 2012. This followed calls for reforms after a major scandal hit the European Parliament. In 2011, three MEPs allegedly accepted an offer of money in exchange for tabling amendments to legisl
ation in what would later be referred to as the 'cash for amendments' scandal. President Schulz, then leader of the Social and Democrats party, said  that MEPs should have no other employment on the side, even calling on one of the MEPs involved to give back their mandate.

18 July 2013

This new report explores whether, a year before parliamentary elections, the risk of conflicts of interest (still) exists among those MEPs currently serving as elected representatives. The report examines the cases of individual MEPs who risk potential conflicts of interest. The findings suggest that clear risks of potential conflicts of interest remain, despite the introduction of a new ethics code for MEPs in January 2012. 

19 July 2012

In March 2011, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were caught red-handed accepting money for tabling amendments to legislation. What was soon to be referred to as the 'cash for amendments' or 'cash for law' scandal caused an outcry in Brussels circles.

1 August 2011

This detailed ‘diary’ compiled shows the extent of Canadian efforts to block EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Between 2009 and 2011 the government of Canada engaged in an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands.

1 April 2010

Written by some of the leading experts on lobbying transparency in Europe, this book provides an eye-opening insight into decision-making within the European Union – and offers a valuable guide to fighting for greater transparency and accountability.

1 November 2009

The vast majority of financial ‘experts’ advising the European Commission represent the banks and investors responsible for the global economic crisis, according to this report published by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER EU).