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3 ways MEPs can fiddle expenses

The Westminster expenses scandal in the UK back in 2009 made headlines with journalists uncovering parliamentarians using their expenses to redecorate their home homes, evade taxes and one MP even used expenses to build a duck house. This lead to a...
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Integrity Pacts – state of play

Through transparency and monitoring Integrity Pacts improve trust and accountability in public procurement. Here you can find details of these Integrity Pacts.
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Driving out corruption in Hungary through clean contracts

From Budapest to Pécs in Hungary the M6 highway gradually weaves along the River Danube, through farms and vineyards. When the main stretch of the road was completed in 2010 one of several seemingly unnecessary tunnels, given the gently rolling...
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We need to talk about MEPs’ expenses

This year has seen a number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) getting into trouble over the use of their expenses. It is time for the Parliament to put in place robust transparency rules on how MEPs spend public money.
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Fudging the Eurozone budget rules

Yesterday the European Commission effectively proposed to cancel sanctions against Spain and Portugal foreseen by EU budget rules, subject to the approval of Eurozone governments. While more flexible budget rules are welcome, their reinterpretation...
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How can we track EU spending across Europe?

Now that the debate about the EU across member states heightens, those in favour of less Europe paint a picture of money-squandering institutions and unaccountable “eurocrats”. But with so much rumour and speculation it begs the questions: how...