The decision to continue to allow MEPs to interact under the radar with unregistered lobbyists fits into a longstanding pattern of pushback against transparency advances from the parliament’s centrist parties.
Six-term eurosceptic MEP and EU transparency activist Jens-Peter Bonde died on 4 April.
The Academy of Finland-funded research project “Transparency in the EU: from reaction to manifesto” aims at breaking down the practices assigned to transparency in the EU, laying bare shortcomings and seeking solutions. TrUE project researchers Päivi Leino-Sandberg and Maarten Hillebrandt provide some examples of the types of researcher-institution interactions to which the project has led, and the lessons that can be drawn from them.
On 18 February, the TrUE project webinar “Challenging the European institutions on transparency: Analysing Leino-Sandberg v Parliament and two Ombudsman complaints” was held, with speakers Päivi Leino-Sandberg, Benjamin Bodson, and Maarten Hillebrandt. The video of this workshop is now available online.