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9th Jun 2023

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Lobbyists had 613 meetings with MEPs on digital services act

A Corporate Europe Observatory research revealed on Tuesday that 613 lobby meetings took place between MEPs and tech representatives since the European Commission published the Digital Service Act on stricter rules for online platforms. Google (23), Facebook (16), Amazon (15) and Microsoft (12) had the most access to EU lawmakers. Tracking-based ads have emerged as one of the biggest issues. MEPs will vote for new rules on Thursday.

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EU's proposed ethics body 'toothless', say campaigners

Transparency campaigners say the new ethics body proposed by the European Commission will do little to prevent corruption at the EU institutions. The proposal comes six months after allegations of a Qatari corruption affair involving a former European Parliament vice-president.

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The 'BlackRock exemption' has no place in the EU's due diligence directive

With the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, there's an opportunity to harness the power of investment for truly sustainable activities. But to do this, it must not allow the 'BlackRock exemption' and instead cover institutional investors and asset managers.

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