27 March 2017

The proposed mergers of Bayer with Monsanto, Dow with DuPont, and ChemChina with Syngenta threaten European farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

27 July 2015

The EU and the US are currently negotiating a transatlantic trade agreement (known as TTIP) which has the potential to be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history.

This paper outlines the risks the deal poses to crucial European social, health and environmental protection, including key food safety and pollution measures. Originally published in 2013, it was updated in August 2015.

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. 

14 July 2014

EU-US trade: the myths behind the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

This is a controversial tool that allows companies to use trade agreements to file expensive private lawsuits against host states when democratically-agreed regulatory changes are deemed to affect their investment potential, including their profits.

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.

19 March 2014

This briefing shows how fossil fuel and heavy industry interests used their privileged access, huge financial resources and insider influence to convince EU decision-makers to sacrifice ambitious climate action for 2030. 

It uses information gained from Freedom of Information requests to show just how close Europe’s dirtiest industries are to senior politicians and regulators and what influence this is having on the EU’s official climate change policy. 

Produced with Corporate Europe Observatory. 

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.

10 July 2012

Two thirds of DG Enterprise's advisory groups are corporate-dominated - meaning industry experts and corporate lobbyists have effectively captured key areas of policy advice within the European Commission  according to this research carried out by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), and Friends of the Earth Europe.

3 July 2012

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in this critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.

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