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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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    • 98%
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    • 2%
    • (22 negatives votes)
  • 996 votes in total
  • Most voted: 20
  • Most commented: 20
  • Most controversials: 14
  • Already decided: 0
  • In voting: 0
  • Supported: 141
  • My contributions: 0

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Extending the Commission’s Lobby transparency initiative

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  • Welcomes the Commission’s decisions of 25.11.2015 to publish information on meetings held between Members of the Commission or General Directors on the one hand and organisations or self-employed individuals on the other online latest 2 weeks after the meeting took place; equally welcomes president Juncker’s announcement that Members of the Commission should only meet organisations and self-employed individuals which feature in the Transparency Register;
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  • Considers this incentive for lobbyists to register the strongest since European Parliament’s decision to hand out longer term badges allowing access to its premises only for registered lobbyists;
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  • Notes first evaluations of published data about lobby meetings of Commissioners and Commission staff to reveal a significant inbalance between business lobbyists and representatives of broader societal interests and therefore encourages Commission to develop proposals how to achieve a better balance on who influences legislation including the option to limit meetings with one side if no better option would be available;
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  • Calls on the Commission to immediately extend this policy not to meet with unregistered lobbyists to all hierarchy levels of Commission staff involved in legislation, preparation and implementation including EU agencies;
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  • Calls on the Commission to extend its policy not to meet unregistered lobbyists to all relevant activities including
    • granting patronage for any events organised by an organisation falling within the scope of the Transparency Register,
    • participation in Commission advisory bodies and expert groups,
    •  any invitations to events organised by non-registered organisations,
    •  hosting or co-hosting events on Commission premises;
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Parliament should be as transparent as Commission

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  • Reaffirms the importance of the free mandate all members of the European Parliament need to act in the best interest of their constituents;
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  • Considers access of individual citizens and of whistleblowers to their representatives a protected space that deserves privacy and legal protection;
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  • Considers contacts with representatives of organised interests something to be rightly governed by rules providing for transparency;
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  • Requests bureau to propose an amendment to the Code of Conduct for members to include rules
    • calling members not to meet with unregistered lobbyists
    • calling members to publish lists with all lobby meetings including the name and organisation of the lobbyist as well as date and topic and if available legislative files that were discussed
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burden sharing with Lobbyists for Lobby transparency

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  • Welcomes existing Lobbying laws forseeing mandatory monthly reports by Lobbyists listing all their Lobby meetings with officials and holders of public offices;
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  • Considers lobby transparency via monthly reporting by Lobbyists about their meetings as important element for future EU legislation;
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  • Recognises debates on how far EU treaties allow for legislation of lobby activities and calls on the European Council to help in clarifying the right of EU institutions to legislate on conditions to guarantee an open, efficient and independent European administration as stipulated by article 298 TEU
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new inter institutional agreement for a mandatory register

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  • Welcomes Commission's announcement to present a new draft Interinstitutional Agreement for a mandatory EU lobby transparency register by the end of 2015;
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  • Considers that this and future reviews of the Transparency Register should be as transparent and inclusive as possible and should fully involve its competent committee and allow for strong civil society participation;
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  • Insists that the next review of the Transparency Register is accompanied by a public consultation;
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  • Regrets that so far Commission's intend for a modification of the Agreement of 23 June 2011 is not to propose the establishment of a mandatory transparency register; reiterates therefore its call for mandatory registration in relation to the conduct of lobbying activities at the EU institutions, as already stated in its abovementioned resolutions of 8 May 2008, 15 April 2014 and its abovementioned decision of 11 May 2011;
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