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Tobacco lobbying warped EU law, British scientists 'prove'

20.08.14 @ 07:37

Industry lobbying saw EU institutions water down a landmark tobacco law between 2009 and 2014, a new study by British scientists has found. The survey, published in Tobacco Control, an offshoot of the British Medical ...

Pro-transparency groups irked by UK commissioner's lobbyist ties

17.07.14 @ 20:55

Transparency groups are urging Jean-Claude Juncker to reject Britain’s EU commission-designate Jonathan Hopkin Hill over his ties to lobbying and lobbyists in Brussels. The British conservative nominee was introduced to ...

Dalli lawyers say Barroso trampled his rights

08.07.14 @ 20:35

In the second and final day of a public hearing in the John Dalli vs. the European Commission case at the EU Court in Luxembourg, lawyers traded barbs about the legal basis on which the former commissioner left his job ...

Barroso faces Dalli at EU court in tobacco lobby case

08.07.14 @ 09:28

Five judges at the EU Court of Justice on Monday (7 July) cross-examined the president of the European Commission in the tobacco lobby scandal which saw health commissioner John Dalli leave in disgrace two years ago. ...

AgendaBarroso takes the stand in Dalli case This WEEK

07.07.14 @ 09:26

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will take the witness stand at the European Court of Justice this week in the latest act of the Dalligate lobbying scandal. He is to answer judges’ questions as a ...

Judges to cross-examine Barroso in tobacco lobby case

03.07.14 @ 17:37

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is to appear at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in a tobacco lobbying scandal which refuses to go away. He is to answer judges’ questions as a witness in the ...

Former EU officials and an MEP land 'revolving door' jobs

30.06.14 @ 09:29

A handful of former EU officials and an outgoing top MEP have landed jobs in industry sectors that they legislated on. The cases highlight what pro-transparency experts describe as a "revolving door" where policy-makers ...

EU commission pressured to release graft inquiry documents

11.04.14 @ 16:46

Pressure is mounting on the European Commission to release documents in a graft scandal that saw a commissioner for health lose his job. “The commission’s arguments for refusing to give access are not convincing,” said ...

Financial sector spends €120mn on EU lobbying

09.04.14 @ 21:31

The EU's financial industry spends more than €120 million per year and employs over 1,700 lobbyists to work in the EU institutions, according to new research by transparency campaigners. The report on "The fire power of ...

EU ombudsman calls for independent watchdog on 'revolving doors'

19.03.14 @ 10:11

Decisions on whether EU officials taking lobbying jobs dealing with issues they had previously worked on could in future be made by a new independent body, European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly told MEPs on Tuesday (18 ...

Mandatory lobby register requires EU treaty change

14.12.13 @ 08:08

A treaty change or a unanimous decision from member states is needed to make the EU-joint transparency register mandatory. “To get a legal base, we need a treaty change,” German centre-right MEP Rainer Wieland, told ...

Euro-deputies reject ban on bottom-sea trawling

10.12.13 @ 20:03

Euro-deputies on Tuesday (10 December) in Strasbourg rejected a proposal to ban bottom-sea trawling and bottom gillnetting. The proposal, tabled by the European Commission around two years ago, would have phased out a ...

OpinionThe real agenda behind cutting red tape

29.10.13 @ 09:00

One of the worrying issues that emerged from last week’s European Council in Brussels is the ‘cut red tape’ initiative promoted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The proposal, which was welcomed by other EU leaders, ...

OpinionHave some faith in our politicians

14.10.13 @ 15:33

It is no secret that there is a big divide between EU decision-makers and the public. This divide risks widening further by misinformed theories on how powerful lobbyists have replaced elected politicians in deciding EU ...

MEPs approve disputed tobacco law

08.10.13 @ 18:53

The European Parliament on Tuesday (8 October) backed rules to tighten the marketing and labelling of tobacco products, but the original European Commission proposal was substantially weakened in the process. The ...

Tobacco giant spent up to €1.25mn on EU lobbying in 2012

03.10.13 @ 19:00

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) was said to have spent €1.5 million on lunches and dinners in an effort to woo MEPs into weakening the revised EU legislation on tobacco products up for a vote at the next ...

InvestigationSecurity industry is shaping EU legislation

01.10.13 @ 09:02

EOS is a Brussels-based non-profit outfit that represents the business interest of some of the EU’s most powerful and largest security and defence companies. BAE Systems, EADS, Finmeccanica, G4S, Thales and 38 other ...

OpinionSecurity policy isn't about war, it's about peace

24.09.13 @ 12:35

An old saying among journalists when Fleet Street in London was the centre of the UK's fairly tight-knit community of national newspapers, was that "dog doesn't eat dog." As a former Financial Times journalist, it ...

AnalysisPublic opinion stands in way of EU shale gas revolution

28.08.13 @ 18:45

If the oil and gas industry thought that a US-style shale gas revolution would seamlessly find its way across the Atlantic, it has had a rude awakening. Getting public support for fracking in Europe risks descending ...

OpinionNew EU staff rules stricter on revolving-door policy

12.07.13 @ 07:43

Last week saw the European Parliament passed new EU staff regulations, the rules that govern the 30,000 plus staff working in the EU institutions. The dossier has been fraught with difficulties and delays, with pressure ...

EU transparency register riddled with errors

20.06.13 @ 09:37

Incomplete listings and false information by lobbyists in the EU's joint transparency register are among some of the latest findings in a report by transparency group Alter-EU. Published on Thursday (20 June), the ...

Olaf leak: no clear evidence against Dalli

29.04.13 @ 14:00

EU anti-fraud office Olaf had no hard evidence that former health commissioner John Dalli tried to solicit a bribe from a tobacco firm. The information comes from its confidential report into the Dalli case, part of ...

OpinionEU losing again in lobbying game

21.03.13 @ 18:04

After an intense battle with lobbyists, the European Commission introduced a voluntary register in 2008. Strike one. In 2011 this register merged with the European Parliament's register into the joint Transparency ...

Cyprus overshadows EU leaders' Berlin meeting

19.03.13 @ 09:26

A dinner on Monday evening (18 March) in the German chancellery with Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso that should have been about Europe's competitiveness was ...

AnalysisComplex EU law-making dubbed 'infernal, undemocratic'

04.03.13 @ 09:24

Brussels is awash with stories about the unhealthy influence of lobbyists on law-makers but as big a scandal, say some experts, is the increasing amount of legislation made with little scrutiny at all. The lack of ...

EU appoints tobacco lobbyist to top ethics panel

28.12.12 @ 18:27

The European Commission has attracted criticism for reappointing a tobbaco lobbyist to its ethics committee on lobbying. It gave the job to Michel Petite - a French lawyer at the London-based firm Clifford Chance, who ...

Tobacco firms held quiet meetings with top EU officials

14.12.12 @ 16:49

Tobacco lobbyists and top European Commission officials held several quiet meetings over at least the past two years, says Brussels-based pro-transparency group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). Among them are people ...

EU commissioner resigns in tobacco-lobby dispute

16.10.12 @ 18:49

EU health commissioner John Dalli has resigned "to defend his reputation" in a dispute on tobacco lobbying. The European Commission said its top Maltese official stepped down on Tuesday (16 October) after his boss, Jose ...

Opinion'Inside EU knowledge' - an affront to transparency

16.10.12 @ 09:06

EUobserver has reported that up to 70 percent of the time spent by public affairs companies is on the monitoring of EU issues and that sometimes lobby firms represent questionable interests. The Society of European ...

FocusRegions join army of EU lobbyists

08.10.12 @ 08:42

In Brussels in Park Leopold, nestled between the European Parliament and the EU's Committee of the Regions, there stands a baroque chateau built in 1903, tucked away behind a steel fence and surveillance cameras. Four ...

MEPs threaten to block commission funding over transparency

05.09.12 @ 18:39

MEPs are threatening to block €2 million in EU funding for expert groups unless the European Commission can guarantee more transparency. The expert groups, selected by the commission, act as inside advisors to help it ...

FocusAnti-gay lobby in Brussels linked to US neocons

28.06.12 @ 09:22

Lobbyists in the EU capital opposing gay rights are in close contact with US neo-conservative organisations, raising questions about where their money comes from. The lobbyists themselves deny any funding comes from ...

OpinionCitizens Initiative risks being strangled by EU commission

22.06.12 @ 11:04

The expectations attached to the EU’s new participatory democracy tool are high. The European Citizens Initiative (ECI), allowing citizens to influence EU law-making, is seen as the most significant democratic reform in ...

VideoPirate MEP: Acta treaty would punish young people

24.05.12 @ 09:47

Swedish Pirate party MEP Christian Engstrom has little interest in economics or foreign affairs. The former computer engineer is concentrating his energy on stopping the EU parliament from adopting the Acta treaty on ...

MEPs divided on whether to punish EU agencies

09.05.12 @ 18:09

MEPs on Thursday (10 May) are to vote whether to punish three EU agencies for having used public money for questionable purposes and for tolerating conflicts of interest in top management. Political considerations and ...

VideoThe Brussels Business: Who runs the EU

03.05.12 @ 08:10

Using edgy shots and sinister music, the film aims to show how the small army of 15,000 lobbyists in the EU capital do business with the European Commission and the EU Council.

OpinionThere is life after the Commission

26.09.11 @ 19:08

At least 39 percent of Commissioners become representatives of some private interests after leaving the European Commission. They join a company or an interest group association or establish a consulting business of ...

VideoRomanian MEP cracks down on corruption in the EU

22.09.11 @ 15:53

"The European Commission should put anti-corruption on the security agenda", says staunch anti-corruption fighter Monica Macovei. The Member of European Parliament from the EPP group has been trying to encourage the EU ...

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