Reformed ethics rules for European Parliamentarians lack bite, and will not do enough to build trust in European institutions, according to transparency campaigners. Reforms to the code of conduct for Members of European Parliament (MEP), voted in today, improve some voluntary transparency measures, but fail to include an explicit ban on controversial second jobs for MEPs in organisations that lobby the European Institutions.
This morning, the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and CropLife America (CLA) – two trade associations representing big pesticides companies – were awarded the Democracy for Sale Awards  for their attempt to use the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to shape current and future pesticides regulation.
Campaign groups today launched the Democracy for Sale Awards, an initiative giving citizens the opportunity to call out the corporate lobbyists most successful in undermining democracy and the public interest by capturing the EU positions for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Following the high-level appointment of former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to Goldman Sachs, an alliance of pro-transparency NGOs has launched a citizens' petition demanding stricter rules for ex-EU Commissioners' revolving door moves.
Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl today wrote to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, calling on him to investigate Angelika Niebler MEP over a possible conflict of interest and breach of the Parliaments code of conduct.
Research by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and Access Info Europe shows that well over 90 per cent of meetings between the Commission's department for financial regulation (DG FISMA) officials not covered by transparency rules and lobbyists are with the corporate sector.
Today Friends of the Earth Europe together with Corporate Europe Observatory filed a complaint at the European Ombudsman about the appointment of Edmund Stoiber as special adviser to the European Commission.
Edmund Stoiber was appointed in December 2014 by Commission President Juncker to advise him on "better regulation". However, as an Access to Documents request revealed, the appointment was announced before Stoiber had undergone the necessary checks for conflicts of interest.
Potential conflicts of interest continue to plague the European Parliament one year after elections, finds new research released today.
The report from Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl, details nine cases of MEPs who have other jobs while holding public office and are at risk of potential conflicts of interest.
When the new European Commission took over in November 2014, energy policy became one of the central issues on the EU's agenda. The creation of the position of a 'Vice-President for the Energy Union' in the European Commission shows that energy ranks among the top concerns for European officials.