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States keen to protect identity of Europe's shadow rich

15.12.14 @ 20:20

EU states are trying to stop the general public from finding out who really owns what in Europe’s offshore firms, trusts, foundations, and other opaque structures. The anti-money laundering directive (AMLD) is entering ...

OpinionThe unlearned lesson of LuxLeaks

15.12.14 @ 20:06

Last week it happened again: a giant cache of confidential tax files from Luxembourg was leaked. Now that even Disney is named among the hundreds of companies that used Luxembourg to create magically low tax bills, the ...

EU commission bans public scrutiny on US data talks

11.12.14 @ 17:23

The European Commission is imposing gag orders on MEPs and preventing journalists access to discussions at the parliament’s civil liberties committee. A commission-imposed clampdown occurs whenever an official is ...

MEPs want new EP group on transparency and corruption

09.12.14 @ 18:16

A handful of MEPs are setting up a group in the European Parliament to tackle crime, corruption and transparency at the EU institutions and across Europe. They want a so-called parliamentary intergroup where MEPs can ...

LetterA letter to Jean-Claude Juncker

09.12.14 @ 07:28

Dear President Juncker, As investigative journalists, we believe in the critical role of the media in holding institutions to account, exposing corruption, and challenging threats to the social contract between states ...

EU governments paid €3.5bn in investor claims

04.12.14 @ 09:30

EU governments have been forced to pay out more than €3.5 billion in compensation to firms under controversial investor protection rules according to new research published on Thursday (4 December). The survey, by the ...

OpinionLobbying standards still not where they should be

01.12.14 @ 17:59

Lobbying is an integral part of the public decision-making process, in Brussels as much as in national capitals. While there is a risk that this global multi-billion dollar business gives too much weight to the elite ...

EU commission to publish more trade documents in bid for public support

25.11.14 @ 20:04

The European Commission has pledged to increase the number of documents it makes public relating to ongoing free trade talks with the US in a bid to shore up public support for the negotiations. The EU executive ...

EU commission promises transparency on lobbyists and US trade talks

19.11.14 @ 15:44

The European Commission has announced a new transparency drive, promising that contacts with lobbyists will have to be publicly recorded and that documents relating to a controversial EU-US trade deal be made available ...

OpinionTime to put focus on tax justice across Europe

18.11.14 @ 09:01

What the recent tax scandals in Luxembourg have shown is that governments are stripping back public services, while at the same time encouraging companies to engage in complex tax schemes. The promotion of tax evasion ...

InvestigationPart VI: A circumstantial EU hanging

10.11.14 @ 09:59

When Olaf chief Giovanni Kessler stood in front of the Brussels press corps on 17 October 2012 - the day after John Dalli lost his job - his message was not an easy one to sell. He first said there is "no conclusive ...

InvestigationPart V: Dalli’s big tobacco theory

07.11.14 @ 09:43

John Dalli claims that his tough stand against tobacco as EU health commissioner led the industry to pull levers inside the European Commission to get him ousted from office. He had been given the job of reforming the ...

InvestigationPart IV: EU judges, Maltese mysteries, and Christians in the Caribbean

06.11.14 @ 09:31

John Dalli, flanked by his lawyers, enters the blue-carpeted chamber of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and faces a panel of five black-robed judges. 
It is July 2014 - almost two years after an explosive ...

OpinionTax havens: why urgent action is needed

04.11.14 @ 15:50

European multilateral banks need to go bigger and better on transparency of ultimate owners and country-by-country reporting to reach their development and transition goals. A report recently released by NGO Eurodad, ...

InvestigationPart II: Malta's 'Mr Teflon'

04.11.14 @ 09:40

Prince William peers out of a black stretch luxury car as it turns down a street in Malta’s capital city, Valletta. The car, in a caravan of six others, disappears round the corner as it heads down towards the ...

InvestigationPart I: From Peppi’s to Barroso’s

03.11.14 @ 15:19

Out on €100,000 bail and risking a 10-year prison sentence, 50-year old Silvio Zammit pulls on his cigarette and looks out onto St Julian’s Bay from the terrace of his small restaurant, Peppi’s, on the northern coast of ...

InvestigationEU smoke & mirrors

03.11.14 @ 15:19

When European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso gave his farewell speech to MEPs after 10 years in office he said his proudest moment was when he picked up the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2012 on behalf of the EU. ...

MEPs withhold millions from EU commission over transparency

22.10.14 @ 17:59

The European Parliament on Wednesday (22 October) punched a €3.8 million hole in the EU commission 2015 budget as leverage until the Brussels-executive improves its transparency record. The money will be released once ...

EU lawmaking down 40 percent in Barroso's second term

20.10.14 @ 18:22

The volume of EU lawmaking fell by nearly 40 percent in the last legislative term, according to an internal European Parliament paper. The European Commission adopted 658 proposals between 2009 and 2014, down from over ...

Dublin to scrap 'double Irish' tax loophole

15.10.14 @ 09:26

Ireland will scrap a controversial tax instrument which allows companies to legally shift huge profits from Ireland to countries with low taxes, the country's budget minister has announced. Speaking in the Irish ...

Apple's tax deal illegal, EU commission tells Ireland

30.09.14 @ 17:45

Ireland's tax arrangement with software giant Apple constitutes illegal state subsidy, the European Commission has said. In a letter made public on Tuesday (30 September), but sent to the Irish government in June, the ...

Ombudsman vows 'robust' action against EU secrecy

23.09.14 @ 17:46

EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly wants more transparency from EU institutions on letting officials switch to the private sector, negotiating trade agreements, and allowing medicines onto the European market. "Even if I don’t ...

OpinionThe rollback of transparency

23.09.14 @ 09:07

Transparency, once a 'conditio sine qua non' for democracy and good governance, is suffering a clear backlash in Europe. In a post-Occupy, post-Wikileaks world, transparency has nestled in the public consciousness. ...

MEPs threaten budget suspension over transparency

15.09.14 @ 09:29

A handful of MEPs are asking the parliament to withhold millions of euros from the European Commission to force greater transparency in the Brussels executive. The deputies say the commission is not serious in its ...

Europol chief takes instructions on document access from Americans

04.09.14 @ 17:38

The head of the EU police agency Europol is taking instructions from the Americans on what EU-drafted documents he can and cannot release to EU lawmakers. The issue came up over the summer when US ambassador to the EU ...

EU expert groups dominated by corporate interest, say NGOs

01.09.14 @ 09:09

Pro-transparency groups and trade unions are urging the European Commission to scale back corporate influence on policy-making decisions. On Monday (1 September), four organisations said the commission’s so-called ...

Juncker's chief of staff: 'I get 800 emails a day'

08.08.14 @ 08:40

The centre of power in Brussels has temporarily moved to the ninth floor of the so-called Charlemagne building in the EU district. There, in a nondescript grey hallway guarded by security officers, pinned up pieces of ...

InvestigationBarroso tops commission travel expenses in 2012

01.08.14 @ 16:36

EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso's travel expenses in 2012 were almost three times as high as those of foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The EU commissioners' expenses for 2012 and 2013 were released by the ...

EU institutions to be probed on whistleblower rules

28.07.14 @ 18:54

Several EU institutions are to be probed on their whistlerblower rules but the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) will escape scrutiny. EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly announced an own- ...

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 ...

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 ...

Court ruling to boost access to EU documents

03.07.14 @ 17:50

EU institutions must demonstrate that the disclosure of a document effectively harms the public interest if they want to deny publication, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The EU's top court also said on ...

OpinionWill the EU's new anti-money laundering rules have teeth?

02.07.14 @ 09:17

For months, Ukraine’s political situation has made headlines. Many Ukrainians believe the turmoil is a direct consequence of a shady concoction of political cronyism and financial secrecy that allegedly allowed those ...

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 ...

Ombudsman to investigate EU expert groups

14.05.14 @ 18:52

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has said she will launch an investigation into the composition and transparency of the European Commission's expert groups. The results of the investigation, which is set to be ...

Complex rules make EU vulnerable to corruption, says report

24.04.14 @ 10:56

Complacency and complex rules makes the EU's own institutions vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest, a report by a leading transparency NGO has found. The 250-page 'European Union Integrity System', ...

OpinionEU parliament boycotts transparency check

14.04.14 @ 14:30

When the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs committee voted on changes to the EU lobby register (18 March), it explicitly noted its support for transparency NGOs. "The European Parliament … welcomes and ...

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 ...

AgendaCorporate governance on the agenda this WEEK

07.04.14 @ 09:33

New legislation on the rights of shareholders and corporate governance is set to top the agenda of a quiet week for the EU's institutions. On Wednesday (9 April) the European Commission will table plans to re-write the ...

MEPs accuse commission of blocking EU statistics 'whistleblower'

07.04.14 @ 09:25

Talks aimed at increasing transparency on EU statistical output have collapsed after the European Commission refused to apply the rules it demands of national statistical offices to its own statistical agency. Lawmakers ...

InvestigationSecret EU lawmaking: the triumph of the trialogue

04.04.14 @ 09:29

The setting could not be less spectacular – one of the more nondescript rooms in the European Parliament's glass towers overlooking Place Luxembourg in Brussels, where a handful of officials gather with armfuls 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 ...

Transparency group pushes for stronger whistleblower laws

07.03.14 @ 09:28

The harsh treatment of people who expose corruption is a deterrent for others to step forward, says Transparency International (TI). Dalia Budreviciene, a celebrated whistleblower in Lithuania, has become a warning for ...

Post EU ElectionsPublic disclosure unkind to Swedish nationalists

27.02.14 @ 09:32

The presence of a populist, nationalist party in their midst has belatedly convinced Swedish political parties to legislate for compulsory disclosure of party contributions. From 1 April this year, all political parties ...

MEPs boost transparency in committee votes

27.02.14 @ 09:22

A large majority of MEPs on Wednesday (26 February) in Strasbourg agreed to increase transparency in the committee level decision-making process. With more and more critical votes on draft laws taken at the committee ...

A long way to go for effective EU lobby regulation

18.02.14 @ 20:27

The European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee discussed the final agreement on the review of the EU's lobby register (the “Transparency Register”) last week (11 February). Over the past year, we at ...

Transparency Register: keep it voluntary, add incentives

18.02.14 @ 20:27

The Society of European Affairs Professionals, SEAP, broadly welcomes the clarifications and changes proposed to the Transparency Register by the joint working group of the Commission & European Parliament. There are ...

Transparent advocacy leads to better legislation

18.02.14 @ 20:27

Political advocacy, or lobbying if you like, is of paramount importance to ensuring that political decision-makers understand the implications of the legislation they adopt. The EU’s political system is a very open one ...

Debate on EU Transparency Register overlooks citizens' right to know

18.02.14 @ 20:26

The debate on the future of the EU's Transparency Register has to date focused on the dichotomy between mandatory and voluntary lobby registers, and the extent to which lobbyists should be required to disclose ...