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Regulation of the European Parliament is highly voluntary. Compared to 90 percent of Swedish, Danish or Finnish MEPs who disclose meetings with interest groups, only one out of ten Greek, Polish and Bulgarian MEPs do so.
Meetings with dozens of assistants and thousands of civil servants fly under the radar of the EU's transparency register. The heads of the pharmaceutical industry, EFPIA is one of the most active lobby groups. In less than a year and a half since the start of the pandemic they have held as many meetings with senior Commission officials as in the last five years.
An exclusive investigation reveals that Instagram prioritizes photos of scantily-clad men and women, shaping the behavior of content creators and the worldview of 140 millions Europeans in what remains a blind spot of EU regulations.
The drastic increase of lobbying expenditure by Big Tech companies is denting Europe’s traditionally strict privacy laws and shifting more power into the hands of corporations. And the COVID-19 is playing in the latter's hand.
LobbyFacts is a platform gathering the available data on lobbying at the EU level and on the organisations engaging in it, making it easy to use and filter the information.
New European legislation will significantly increase the accessibility of data produced with public finances: therefore, data produced by public enterprises, i.e. companies which provide essential services such as public transport to many cities.
A database curated by ERCAS collects data, information and legislation concerning the transparency and accountability of public officials in the EU member states.
Subsidy Stories traces the flows of EU structural investment funds up to the level of local beneficiaries.
According to the 2018 Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International, Nordic countries are again global leaders in the fight against corruption. But looking at the data since 2012, Baltic countries appear to be the rising stars.
Dentons, one of the most prominent global law firms, released an interactive tool aimed at providing a comparative overview of the implementation of the EU’s fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.