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Parliament squanders chance to reform MEP allowance

Last night the European Parliament’s Bureau voted down proposals to introduce basic financial accountability mechanisms to MEPs’ General Expenditure Allowance (GEA). The GEA is meant for office and representation expenses related to...
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Deepening the Eurozone with democratic legitimacy in mind

This week’s Euro Summit was long set to negotiate major reforms for the euro, including a possible European Monetary Fund and euro area budget. In this open letter, we ask Heads of State and Government to focus on the democratic legitimacy of...
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EU anti-corruption: Less is less

Far from seeing a step-change in the EU’s efforts to fight fraud and corruption in the intervening seven years, from the point of view of anti-corruption policy, this Commission is doing nothing new and considerably less than the last Commission.
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Skipping another semester on anti-corruption

In 2014 the European Commission committed itself to take action against corruption by publishing the first EU Anti-Corruption report. However, only two years later the Commission scrapped the report in an exchange of letters between Commissioner...
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How can we end corruption in public funds?

One of Europe’s greatest and perhaps least publicised achievements is the use of Structural and Social funds to help provide much needed investment in European regions. From Galway to Varna the EU has provided funds which have helped build...