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Initiative Report Transparency: your suggestions for clean politics in Europe


70 percent of EU citizens believe the institutions of the Union to be corrupt. The European Commission’s first anti-corruption report puts the losses caused by bribery across Europe at EUR 120 billion per year. The European Parliament appointed Sven Giegold as rapporteur for an initiative report for transparency, integrity and accountability in the EU institutions. We want to use this formal demand to the EU Commission for an EU law using hard rules to allow citizens new trust in our European Democracy.

What rules would you like to see? How can we force lobbyists to enter in a mandatory lobby register only accurate information? How could lobby influence on EU laws become fully transparent to citizens? How do we render any conflicts of interest of MEPs, Commissioners, state representatives in Council and all their staff, including those in EU agencies, impossible? How do we finally separate economic from political power and thereby achieve clean politics in Europe? Our timetable for this initiative report is to be found here.

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10 reform proposals endorsed by our 236 member groups from all over Europe

Submitted by: ALTER-EU Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation
The following ten demands have been officially endorsed by all our member groups.
More detail on each can be found on our website: http://www.alter-eu.org/about/demands

1. A high-quality, mandatory lobbying transparency register
2. Full transparency and safeguards against corporate capture of Commission advisory groups
3. Closing the revolving door between the European Commission and industry lobbies
4. Effective conflicts of interest rules for Commissioners and Commission officials
5. Effective conflict of interest rules for Commission Special Advisers
6. Independent monitoring and enforcement
7. Upgrading European Parliament transparency and ethics rules to prevent conflicts of interest
8. Pro-active transparency by Commission and Parliament
9. Enforceable ethics rules for lobbyists
10. Citizens’ democracy versus corporate capture

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Fight the regulatory capture by the industry (a factor of corruption risk) in the EU

Submitted by: Guillaume Prache
As required in Sweden from ministers, EU Commissioners AND other high ranking EU Commission staff (DG, Deputy SGs , etc.) should disclose publicly on the internet their agenda as far as all meetings with third parties are concerned and identify who these third parties are and who they represent. Better finance suspects high level that EC staff in DG FISMA for example spend a lot of time listening to the industry representatives (or people paid by it) either at their premises or by going to third party events, and very little time listening to or going to the much fewer events from the end users‘ and civil society organisations. Transparency is a first step for these high level staff paid by EU tax payers. The next step will be naturally to re balance these agendas.

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EU commission calendar

Submitted by: Ziemowit Jóźwik
The calendar shouldn’t be limited only to the commissioners. Instead – all DGs should have transparent calendars allowing the public to see who’s received both by the commissioners and other senior staff,

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Comitology – Member State Committees

Submitted by: Franziska
Committees: the names of national representatives and voting records (who voted how) should be public in the Comitology register http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regcomitology/index.cfm?CLX=en

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Trilogues should be more transparent

Submitted by: Daniel
It should be public when these meetings take place and the positions of Parliament, Commission and Council that are outlined in the four-column-documents should be made public.

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Revise the MEP code of conduct and ensure that MEPs don’t work for corporate lobby groups at the same time

Submitted by: Paul de Clerck
We see yet another lobby scandal in the UK, with MPs operating as lobbyists at the same time. This might happen in the EP as well. ALTER EU has drafted a number of recommendations to revise the code of conduct for MEPs. That includes measures to avoid lobby scandals, such as a ban on paid/unpaid side jobs for MEPs and their assistants with organisations involved in EU lobbying or lobby groups financing MEP assistants.

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responsability awareness for the European representatives

Submitted by: carmen
The European Union, as dreamed by the founding fathers, is no more. What we have now is a very expensive structure supporting a predator financial system, uncaring of any idea of solidarity or common living among European citizens. If we want Europe to have any international standing -instead of its current decadence- we need our representatives to be not just politically but judicially accountable to their citizens.
So, laws should be implemented to pursue any EU official betraying their responsabilities to their represented. We would need courage and of course, honesty.
I must say I am not confident of finding much of either. And as the proud European I used to be, I am deeply sorry.

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Documentation of expenses claims

Submitted by: paul
All expenses claims to require receipts / invoices to be submitted and scanned, and accessible to any EU citizen online.

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To close the revolving door

Submitted by: Lennon O'Naraigh
A severe restriction on former senior public officials taking paid employment as a lobbyist, „consultant“ or board member in the private sector for five years after leaving the government’s or the EC’s payroll. In that period the former public offials would be free to offer up their contacts and insider knowledge to other organizations – such as charities – on a pro-bono basis!

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Lobbying and politicians

Submitted by: Danellandia Peace Foundation
– Lobbying should only be allowed if the benefit of the legislation passed as a result of the lobbying activities does not damage any other group of persons or Nature.
– A lobbying compendium should be drawn up with the criteria to be respected by lobbyists and the politicians approached (often “manipulated”) by these lobbyists.
– All donations or money transfers to politicians and political parties should be registered in a donations databank and only be effected through official EU accounts.

More ideas: please see www.globalpeacecharter.org

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Commission voting behaviour

Submitted by: Franziska
The Commissioner’s voting results should be public too. On Hinkley, both Oettinger and Sefcovic told the public later how they voted (in favour) but there is no official record of that in the public domain.

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transparency register details

Submitted by: Ziemowit Jóźwik
The „annual turnover for representation activities in euros“ and „bracket size of representation activities per client per annum in euros“ [appendix 2 of the interinstitutional agreement] shall be more precise. Perhaps indicating actual costs spent for lobbyng would be too much but at least the grid should be less flexible.

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COMPLETE BAN ON ALL PRIVATE BUSINESS LOBBY ACTIVITY

Submitted by: Colin Bain
There should be absolutely no business interests that have any access to politicians or the institutions, not just in Europe, but also at all levels of local government. There would be no way to directly influence our decision-makers. I know that it is a naive idea, but it is the only sure way of demonstrating that interests other than those of the citizens have no place in the decision-making process.

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Ex-post transparancy of „trilogue“ negotiations

Submitted by: David Kemp
final legislation results from these „in camera“ meetings involved the Commission, European Parliament and the Council (represented by the presidency). While it would be counterproductive to broadcast such negotiations live, EU citizens should be able to see how the compromise was achieved between their MEPs and Governments after a suitable period of time has elapsed

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Scrutiny of international decision-making bodies

Submitted by: Joost Mulder
International bodies such as the BIS/BCBS, IOSCO, G20 etc agree on common rules for financial market supervision which are then „implemented“ by all those who sign up to „‚agreements“. This is why the EU has so little leeway when implementing important reforms like CRD. Who controls the national government officials who negotiate in these bodies? The EP? And the member states who are not represented on these bodies, how are they informed?

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transparent communication between citizens and local level governments

Submitted by: Ioanna Fotopoulou
What makes the difference between a well-structured society from a malfunctioning one is the way that its citizens communicate their problems to the respected authorities and bodies.
In today’s Greece, this procedure is neither efficient nor transparent. Our human capital looses energy, valuable time (taken out of work-productive hours) and money for the transportation to and from the premises of each authority. There, the problem is posed (many times to the wrong person), it is posed in a way that is not that transparent, it is not preserved and ends up getting lost inside our bureaucratic mechanism.
YouRule provides the tangible solution to this with it ANONYMOUS platform where citizens can address their problems from their homes or workplaces with no extra cost, easy and fast, directly, public and transparent!

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Revise the MEP code of conduct and ensure that MEPs don’t work for corporate lobby groups at the same time

Submitted by: Paul de Clerck
Many MEPs work for corporate lobby groups (companies, business associations). The current code of conduct for MEPs does not explicitly forbid that. Ensuring ethical behaviour of MEPs is highly important to regain public trust. The code should therefore be revised and strengthened in a number of areas. Key point is that MEPs should no longer be allowed to work for groups that are involved in lobbying EU institutions.

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clean politics

Submitted by: braillon
clean politics is an oxymoron => no politicians is the solution
1/ No professionnal politicians
2/ No politician for more than one or two years
3/ Polititician being choose at random among the citizens (this is still the case in France for public jury)
4/ A bureau of investigation …
5/ citizens can sue politicians

That’s a poor souvenir about Greece (the very old and great one) learnt at school .
This country has poorly performed during this XX th century, may be because it has not implemented this

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Lobbyismus

Submitted by: Dirk Sowade
Sehr geehrter Herr Giegold,
ich finde Ihre Engagement und Ihre Initiative super! Kompliment für Ihre Courage! Andere hätten Angst das nicht zu überleben.

Ich schlage Folgendes vor, und das auch gerne als Volksabstimmung: Lobbyismus ist Korruption. Neben 100%iger Transparenz die nur erfolgen kann wenn Treffen öffentlich sind und von Presse etc. jederzeit begleitet werden kann, sollte national (in jedem einzelnen Land der EU) als auch auf EU-Ebene jeder Verstoß gegen diese Voranmeldung von Treffen zw. Lobbyisten und Politikern bzw. deren Vertretern unter öffentlicher Beteiligung bereits als Korruption bewerten werden, zur automatischen Aufhebung der Immunität der Politiker führen und strafrechtlich als Bestechlichkeit verfolgt werden. Weiterhin sollte für den Politiker sowie seine in diese Aktivität involvierten Mitarbeiter ein nationales und internationales lebenslanges Berufsverbot sowie hohe Geld-, ggf. auch Freiheitsstrafen erfolgen.

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