Reform of MEP Code of Conduct needed now!

The Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has today launched two new publications aimed at improving ethics and transparency in the European Parliament.

Four years after the 2011 'cash for amendments' scandal in the European Parliament, and three years after the adoption of the Code of Conduct for MEPs, ALTER-EU believes that it is time for a review of the rules for MEPs to ensure that conflicts of interest and undue influence are avoided. The new briefing Ten policy recommendations for a strengthened MEP Code of Conduct sets out ALTER-EU's proposals which include a ban on side jobs with companies or groups that are involved in EU lobbying. It also recommends tighter disclosure requirements for outside financial interests; a strengthened ethics advisory committee; and stronger sanctions for violations of the rules.

ALTER-EU is also launching Navigating the lobby labyrinth: A guide to transparency and ethics for MEPs. The guide offers practical advice for MEPs on how to navigate the Brussels bubble while maintaining their independence and integrity, especially when it comes to contacts with lobbyists.