Snippets from the EGP Manifesto: (5) Lobbyists, fraud and corruption


The EU needs a stronger anti-corruption policy and more effective instruments against organized crime to strengthen democracy and the rule of law, and also to strengthen the European economy.

Corrupt behaviour by EU officials or parliamentarians in their relations with lobbyists must be met with very strong reactions. Big business still influences the Commission too much. Almost 80% of all stakeholders appointed by the Commission represent corporate interests, despite a commitment to change.

Greens also fight to tackle the problem of “revolving doors” where top bureaucrats and politicians in European institutions join private organizations which they were previously responsible for regulating. We want to safeguard democracy from corruption by introducing robust regulation and transparency for the financing of political parties, candidates and election campaigns. We want to provide the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Auditors with stronger tools to control the way in which EU resources are spent and to act against corruption both within the EU institutions and in the case of serious problems within the member states.

(EGP 2014 Manifesto section entitled  : Fight Fraud and Corruption)

3 comments on “Snippets from the EGP Manifesto: (5) Lobbyists, fraud and corruption

  1. This should be number one on each of the parties’ manifestos. Obviously, it would be difficult for those parties which adopt a capitalistic policy; easier for those who adopt a social policy!

  2. If you would commence to investigate fraud and corruption in the EUROPEAN UNION you will have your arms full. Perhaps, you would have the occasion to fight it from INSIDE and not join the bandwagon. Good luck!

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