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Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the EU Institutions

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This is a first draft of the political suggestions and demands of my initiative report on: “Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the EU Institutions”. It will be introduced through a more formal part which will be added once the political parts in finalized. We used this political opportunity to collect bold proposals to win back the shrinked trust of citizens in EU institutions. EU institutions should become THE example of clean, transparent and accountable politics. Ideally to achieve progress also for Member States’ institutions to overcome corruption and lack of transparency.

The collection and discussion of suggestions on this platform will be closed on the 25th of September so that enough time for the formal polishing of the report remains.

We ask all of you of your opinion on the proposed text (using the thumbs up or down or comments) and ideas (to add new ideas use the (+) symbol). We thank those a lot who already send their input via our online form found on sven-giegold.de/transparency and also those who contributed to the call of Democracy International. We tried to include your ideas nevertheless please continue making suggestions and corrections in this draft where you feel it would help our task.

I will read each and every of your comments which is formulated in a respectful and constructive way. Thanks in advance for all votes and comments!

With Green European greetings

Sven Giegold, Greens/EFA MEP and rapporteur of the initiative report

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LEVEL OF AGREEMENT

    • 98%
    • (974 votes positives)
    • 2%
    • (22 negatives votes)
  • 996 votes in total
  • Most voted: 20
  • Most commented: 20
  • Most controversials: 0
  • Already decided: 0
  • In voting: 0
  • Supported: 141
  • My contributions: 0

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P67

  • Notes that rule 19 in the Rules of Procedure on the termination of office of a rapporteur in breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament with respect to financial interests and conflicts of interest has so far never (or rarely) been used to exclude a selected member from the office of rapporteur or to the withdrawl;
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  • Believes the rule should imply more intense checks on potential conflicts of interest should be done before he or her takes this special function;
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  • Believes the Code of Conduct should be amended to include a cooling off period for Members to work in lobbying in the field of their Parliamentary responsibilities for 3 years;
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  • Believes violations of this Code of Conduct should be sanctioned with penalties up to 35.000 Euro.
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P71

  • Believes that the Code of Conduct attached to the Agreement of 23 June 2011 and the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament with respect to financial interests and conflicts of interest should be amended in order to ensure that Members do not enter into any kind of agreement or contractual relationship with an external body to either fund or directly employ individuals within a Member’s staff;
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P72

  • do away with categories while declaring incomes and instead to ask for declaration of precise amounts;
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P73

  • encouraging to file declarations via a dedicated software instead of hand writing,
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P74

  • publication in machine readable format,
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P75

  • centralised publication to allow for comparision of content;
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conflicts of interest in Commission

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  • Believes for Members of the European Commission willing to move to the private sector and private-sector associations the period during which they are not allowed to engage in any lobbying activity (any activity in a field connected) with their former area of ​​responsibility, the so called ‘cooling-off period’ should be extended to 3 years;
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P77

  • Believes similar rules must also apply to senior civil servants and employees of the Commission and the agencies;
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P78

  • Calls on Council to agree on the necessary changes of staff regulations to include those regulations;
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Financing of European Parties

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P79

  • Recognises progress in transparency of financing of European Parties since audited financial reports are published centralised on the European Parliament's website;
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  • Considers the present regulation of 12.000 Euro as a maximum allowed donation to European Parties an appropriate ceiling; yet believes this should also include donations given in addition to national member parties of a respective European political party;
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  • Considers control by the European Parliament over the financing of European Political parties that make up the vast majority of this Parliament an unnecessary conflict of interest situation that could be solved by handing the oversight to a neutral body;
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  • Encourages its Bureau to suggest either the set up of a new neutral body or the identification of an existing one that could be empowered to take over this role;
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P83

  • Believes European financing of European parties should be based on minimum standards of internal democracy and therefore in the EU regulation 1141/2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations article 14, paragraph 2, subparagraph 2 to be amended to count only those Members of the European Parliament who have been nominated for European elections by a statutory body representing the members of their party in secret ballot;
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P84

  • (Believes the EU regulation 1141/2014 Article 14 paragraph 2, subparagraph 2 should be further amended to exclude all those Members for counting who have been found guilty for corruption or similar charges if against the interest of the European Union or within a Member state;)
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