Integrity Watch

Online tools allowing the public to monitor EU lobbying and outside activities of member os the European Parliament.

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January 2014
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What is the problem?

Transparency International EU has identified political corruption as one of the core problems of European democracies and the EU Institutions. A lack of transparency in decision-making, conflicts of interest and undue influence by lobbyists as some of the major challenges for our political systems.

What are we doing?

EU Integrity Watch is a central hub of online tools that allow citizens, journalists and civil society to monitor the integrity of decisions made by politicians in the EU. For this purpose, data that is often scattered and difficult to access is collected, harmonised and made easily available. The platform allows citizens to search, rank and filter the information in an intuitive way.

The website currently contains information on the outside incomes and activities of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), revolving door cases in the EU institutions and data on meetings between the European Commission and lobby organisations.

The technology behind the platform was developed by the New York Times in order to make complex datasets accessible to a wider audience. In line with the principles of open software and open date, all datasets are also available for download.

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Resources

Policy Paper on the EU legislative footprint

Lobbying of the European Union (EU) needs to become more transparent and open to public scrutiny. EU policy-makers should therefore collect and disclose comprehensive information on who influences whom in the European Union EU decision-making process to ensure a level playing field for all interest representatives and thus balanced legislative outcomes.

Lobby meetings of the European Commission

Transparency International EU has published new analysis of lobbying in Brussels on 1 December 2015. It reveals that the overwhelming majority of lobby meetings held by European Commissioners and their closest advisors are with representatives of corporate interests.

Lobbying in Europe

7,000 and Counting: Lobby meetings of the European Commission

Access all areas: when EU politicians become lobbyists

This is our first-ever, comprehensive analysis of career changes between the EU institutions and other employers, providing a clear picture of the revolving door phenomenon across the EU institutions. We have analysed the career paths of those 485 former members of the European Parliament and 27 Commissioners who were in office during the last mandate and have since left the EU institutions. Our report finds that many of those leaving the EU institutions and specifically politics now have activities where risks of conflicts of interest cannot be ruled out.

International standards for lobbying regulation

The 38 standards set out here build on best practice from existing lobby regulations and also reference various existing international standards on the matter. However, they go beyond what is already available by addressing three critical and inter-related areas of effective regulation of lobbying: transparency, integrity and participation, and in this way go further than previous initiatives. They aim at internationally applicable standards, but with an awareness and respect for national differences.

These standards remain under ongoing review and any suggestions for their further development or refinement are welcome.

Joint Letter – Lobbyists for Transparent Lobbying

The joint letter was drafted and signed together with the major associations representing EU public affairs professionals (SEAP), consultancies (EPACA) and lawyers (CCBE) and is supported by umbrella groups, such as the European Youth Forum and Social Platform. The demands outlined in the letter were also supported by more than 67,000 citizens from across Europe that signed an online petition.

The letter calls for all EU institutions to be covered by a mandatory lobby register, including the Council. The signatories demand that all lobbyists register, file their declarations with diligence and abide by the basic rules of the Code of Conduct.

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Want to know more? Get in touch

Daniel Freund

Head of Advocacy EU Integrity
dfreund@transparency.org