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Are German Lawmakers Finally Listening to the Whistles?

The following was written by Mark Worth, Transparency International’s Whistleblower Programme Coordinator, and Christian Humborg, Managing Director of Transparency International Germany. In a country where whistleblowers have helped expose poor care in a nursing home, dioxin-laden livestock feed, inadequate emergency services in hospitals, rotten meat, and mad-cow disease, one would think – and certainly hope […]

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Tackling Corruption Across the EU

 On 7 December, the TI Liaison Office to the EU (TI EU) hosted a one-day conference on “Tackling Corruption across the EU”. Jana Mittermaier, Head of TI EU, explains how the EU can be an important ally in the fight against corruption. The EU is often perceived as a source of wonk-ish complexity, hair-splitting and obscure […]

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Cleaning up finance: when corporate governance turns bad

If anyone questioned the European Commission’s current concern with corporate governance in financial institutions, last Friday’s bombshell that 17 international financial groups – including such household names as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland – are to be sued by the US government for offences ranging from misrepresentation to fraud and aiding […]

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EU budget transparency: Advocating better rules and practices

Transparency of the EU budget and its spending is of great importance for public control of the European Union, its institutions and bodies and the tens of thousands of beneficiaries of EU funds. Without knowing where EU money is spent and who receives it for what purposes, the prevention of misuse of EU funds, including […]

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Licence to kill: banking experts discuss EU crisis management proposals

Commissioner responsible for the functioning of the EU’s internal market – has pledged to improve the representation of civil society groups in these meetingsto avoid the perceived stranglehold that the banking industry had on the European regulators in the run-up to 2008’s financial meltdown. On the evidence of the meeting I attended this week (Monday […]

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Combating corruption in the EU through e-Procurement

Recently Transparency International submitted a response to the European Commission consultations on expanding the use of e-Procurement, which you can download here. The Commission consultation document (‘Green Paper’) contained no mention of corruption, and so we found it imperative to let the European Commission (EC) know how e-Procurement is not only a tool for bringing efficiency savings, but […]

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Nobody lobbies the EU Council!

It’s out, it’s official: The EU will revamp its lobby registers in the next 12-18 months, merging the Commission’s and Parliament’s registers into one common register. The new register will also get a new name: the “Transparency Register“, a re-branding for those groups (e.g. religious groups, think tanks etc.) that don’t want to be called […]

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EU transparency & the Right to Know Day 2010

It is true: The EU is, in some regards, more transparent than some of its member states. However, information is hard to find unless you are an EU expert. There is also no established culture of transparency throughout the EU institutions and all their EU officials. This makes it harder for civil society to hold […]

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