In Brussels, much has been improved in recent years in the field of lobby transparency. The transparency rules are much more effective than in Germany or other member states. In the European Parliament, members of parliament have to state which lobbyists they have met with while negotiating a law. Commissioners and their immediate staff are also obliged to publish their lobby meetings. They are also only allowed to meet registered lobbyists.
35,000 lobbyists are attempting to influence EU laws. Commissioners switch position into the private sector. MPs work as lobbyists on a part-time basis. From my time at Transparency International I know that the EU is still better than the member states in many respects. However, there is also a need for far more transparency in the EU.
The rules for lobbyists are much stricter in the EU than in Germany
Lobbyists are registered in Brussels
Commissioner candidates were rejected by the European Parliament due to conflicts of interest
Members of Parliament who have been sanctioned for violations of the Code of Conduct
The EU can be our best tool in the fight against corruption, money laundering and tax evasion. But it must also be used in the right way. In the future, the EU should fight corruption much more decisively. That is why I have set up an Intergroup against corruption in the European Parliament.
Climate catastrophe, companies that pay no taxes, the impact of digitalisation - no single country can solve these problems alone. For this we need a strong European Union that is capable of taking action. For the Greens/European Free Alliance, I am responsible for leading the work on the conference on the future of the EU.