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President To Set Out Anti-Graft Plan Following VP Scandal-BBG

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Bloomberg reporting that European Parliament President Roberta Metsola is set to outline a 14-point transparency plan on 12 January in an effort to restore confidence following a scandal that has seen several officials, including the now-ousted vice president of the parliament Eva Kalli MEP, arrested on corruption charges.

  • The article states the measures are set to include, "stripping access badges from former members of parliament, introducing a temporary limit on their lobbying activity and publishing information on lawmakers’ meetings, gifts and reprimands."
  • Given that several EU member states' gov'ts, most notably Hungary and Poland, have come in for criticism from the EU - and most vociferously from the European Parliament - for breaches of EU standards a major corruption scandal within the parliament risks the chamber losing significant credibility in seeking to uphold rule of law issues.
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Bloomberg reporting that European Parliament President Roberta Metsola is set to outline a 14-point transparency plan on 12 January in an effort to restore confidence following a scandal that has seen several officials, including the now-ousted vice president of the parliament Eva Kalli MEP, arrested on corruption charges.

  • The article states the measures are set to include, "stripping access badges from former members of parliament, introducing a temporary limit on their lobbying activity and publishing information on lawmakers’ meetings, gifts and reprimands."
  • Given that several EU member states' gov'ts, most notably Hungary and Poland, have come in for criticism from the EU - and most vociferously from the European Parliament - for breaches of EU standards a major corruption scandal within the parliament risks the chamber losing significant credibility in seeking to uphold rule of law issues.