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What’s the real influence of lobbyists in Brussels?

Napoleon would have probably made a good EU lobbyist, considering that he was, already at his time, aware of the fact that “ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousands who are silent.” Today, however, Bonaparte would no longer be...
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Bad news for Juncker’s Investment Plan

Despite our efforts, other civil society organisations and MEPs, the European Investment Bank has adopted a revised transparency policy this week that takes a leap backwards. As we have said previously, the EIB’s important role demands that...
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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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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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EIB: Regression Postponed

We have blogged here before on the attempt by the European Investment Bank to roll back on transparency commitments when revising its official transparency policy late last year. The revisions include a number of regressive measures, including a...