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EU-Register for Lobbyists: Giegold demands transparent transparency negotiations

Tuesday evening, 17 April 2018, EU Commission, European Parliament and Council met for the first negotiation on the EU Transparency Register on the political level. The meeting led to a hard confrontation: While the Commission delivered ambitious lip services intending to make the Transparency Register “mandatory”, neither Parliament nor Council offered enough to make this […]


Malta: European Parliament will respond forcefully

As a reaction to new revelations on the rule of law in Malta the European Parliament’s mission to Malta has just met on my initiative this morning in Strasbourg. We decided: to ask for a meeting with our own Conference of Presidents with a view to a debate the situation with the EU Commission and […]


MEPs want broadening of the scope of inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder

Strasbourg, 18 April 2018 – Members of the European Parliament Delegation to Malta following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia on October 16th 2017 request Maltese Police and prosecutorial authorities to broaden the scope of the criminal investigation and look seriously into people with motivation to order the journalist’ assassination. Three men were arrested in […]


Malta/Money-Laundering: „Daphne Project“ revelations must spell end for implicated senior politicians

An international consortium of journalists has today published further revelations on the stories being investigated by the murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The reports come from the Daphne Project, which is following up on the work of the journalist. New leaks show that the Maltese anti-money laundering agency (FIAU) had reason to suspect that […]


ECB delegitimises its own independence

Today, the ECB published its decision on the recommendations by the EU Ombudswoman Emily O’Reilly. The Ombudswoman recommended that the ECB terminates Mario Draghi’s membership of the Group of Thirty (G30), an intransparent association of managers of big banks, central bankers and some academics. Emily O’Reilly followed a complaint from the NGO Corporate Observatory (CEO). […]


Selmayr: Tough resolution

Below you find the resolution as voted yesterday and prepared by the services of the Parliament. MEP Sven Giegold, Parliament’s rapporteur on “transparency, integrity and accountability of EU institutions” commented: “This is a big blow for the Commission. A large majority calls on the European Commission to reopen the appointment procedure for the Secretary General. […]


Selmayr: European Parliament must end double standards

Just before Monday’s crucial vote in the budget control committee on the Selmayr resolution the Greens in the European Parliament have put forward suggestions how to make recruitment decisions in the Parliament more transparent and competitive.   Green MEP Sven Giegold, Parliament’s rapporteur on “transparency, integrity and accountability of the EU institutions” commented: “The European […]