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Letter to the editor of the Telegraph

We like journalists here at Transparency International. They are, on the whole, an honourable breed doing thankless work to impossible deadlines in an industry that finds it harder and harder to pay them a living wage. So when an article appears in...
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Transparency efforts of the new European Commission

The newly elected European Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker and VP Frans Timmermans has made a number of promises in the area of transparency. Transparency was made 1 of the 10 priorities in the European Commission’s...
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Anti-Money Laundering Directive

In December 2014, the EU agreed the final text of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, which will become law pending a final vote in the European Parliament. TI EU has welcomed the legislation as a step towards tackling corruption and...
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Collaborate and visualise

There’s been Swissleaks, Luxleaks, NSA leaks and Yanukovychleaks. There are stories about shell companies buying up New York, Petrobras bribery investigations and politicians laundering their money. There is the ICIJ, the GIJN, the BIJ, and the...
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New Commission: so far, so good?

With anything between 15-30,000 lobby organisations in Brussels vying for the attention of policy makers, it can often be a challenge just to get a meeting and get your story heard. Which is why it was a nice surprise last December to be contacted...
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The reality of being a whistleblower

Popular culture often idealises whistleblowers. They are portrayed as heroes fighting for truth, rights, even life, in battles reminiscent of David and Goliath. They are celebrated as defenders of humanity who should be protected and rewarded for...
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Lobby Register: when is mandatory mandatory?

European Commission VP Frans Timmermans attended an open group meeting of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament yesterday (4 Feb), answering questions. MEP Sven Giegold pressed him on the suggested legal basis for the mandatory lobby...