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Malcolmas RifkindasTransparency campaigners say the current ‘cash for access’ scandal in the UK illustrates the “urgent need” to review the code of conduct for MEPs.

Skandalas sukrėtė Bendruomenių rūmus ir paskatino balsuoti dėl tam tikrų antraeilių darbo vietų uždraudimo parlamentarams.

The Brussels based campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) says the scandal illustrates existing loopholes in the European Parliament’s own rules and procedures.

JK atveju du aukšto rango parlamentarai Malcolmas Rifkindas (nuotraukoje kairėje) (konservatorius) ir Jackas Straw (nuotraukoje dešinėje) (darbo partija) buvo užfiksuoti kameroje, besigiriantys sprendimus priimančių asmenų prieiga, kurią jie gali suteikti už mokestį mokantiems klientams.

Straw pasigyrė slaptiems žurnalistams, kad pakeitė cukraus gamybą Ukrainoje reglamentuojančias taisykles, taip pat atskirus cukraus reglamentus Europos lygiu Briuselyje.

The scandal takes place almost four years to the day since the European Parliament’s own cash for amendments scandal hit the headlines, when three MEPs were exposed as having agreed to table amendments to change an EU law in return for promised payments; two of the three ended up in jail as a result.

Dėl to buvo parengtas EP narių elgesio kodeksas, kuris dabar galioja trejus metus.

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Europos Parlamento nariai Richardas Corbettas ir Svenas Giegoldas ėmėsi iniciatyvų peržiūrėti etikos taisykles Europos Parlamente.

But Corporate Europe Observatory is now calling on Parliament’s President Martin Schulz to begin a review of European Parliament rules in the wake of the cash for access scandal in the UK so that Brussels politicians ‘learn the lessons’ from the affair.

Ahead of Giegold’s upcoming report on parliamentary rules and ethics, CEO is calling for action on second jobs and new Parliament rules on “revolving doors.”

It also hopes to pressure UK Labour MEPs to follow their party leader Ed Miliband’s demand for a ban on outside directorships and consultancies for MEPs.

A CEO spokesman said, “It has been unedifying to watch the current cash for access scandal erupt in the UK.”

At the EU level, it says the MEP code of conduct is “woefully quiet” on the issue of second jobs and “this is one of its greatest weaknesses.”

Transparency International’s Integrity Watch project is said to show how many MEPs have substantial extra earnings, based on their declarations of interest.

Generalinis direktorius teigia, kad sąrašo viršuje yra Guy'us Verhofstadtas (buvęs Belgijos ministras pirmininkas ir dabartinis Liberalų frakcijos pirmininkas parlamente), kuris, be kitų papildomų darbų, yra laivybos bendrovės ir investicinės bendrovės direktorius.

Generalinis direktorius teigia, kad pagal deklaraciją prie atlyginimo per mėnesį gauna daugiau nei 15,000 67 eurų; jo lankomumas Europos Parlamente siekia XNUMX procentus.

Grupė teigia, kad iš viso 10 EP narių uždirba daugiau nei 10,000 16 eurų per mėnesį; 5000 uždirba nuo 10,000 iki 111 1000 eurų; ir 5000 uždirba nuo XNUMX iki XNUMX eurų per mėnesį.

Europos Parlamente taip pat trūksta sukamųjų durų taisyklių.

CEO states that recent cases of MEPs leaving office as profiled on its “Revolving Door Watch” project show that this is a cross-party problem and it needs “urgent reform and oversight.”

CEO says that from the Conservatives, “we have seen Martin Callanan (ex member of the environment committee) offer consultancy services, including to Symphony Environmental Technologies; from Labour, ex-MEP Arlene McCarthy is now lobby firm Sovereign Strategy’s deputy chair for European strategy; and from the Liberal Democrats, Sharon Bowles, was chairman of the influential economic and monetary affairs committee, is now a non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange.”

At the European level, enforcement of the code of conduct has so far been “woeful.”

The CEO spokesman says, “Schulz is ultimately responsible and has failed to take action on important cases.

“If we want to stop MPs and MEPs from receiving private gain and boosting corporate interests based on their time in public office, revolving door rules need to be introduced, along the lines of cooling off periods or bans on accepting certain kinds of jobs, including lobby jobs.”

He added, “So once again the challenge is set for political leaders in the UK and the EU: will you really get to grips with our elected politicians’ potential and actual conflicts of interest and introduce the rules and enforcement necessary to tackle them?

“Ed Miliband has demanded tough and immediate action to tackle MPs’ second jobs; will his fellow Socialist Martin Schulz take similar action in the European Parliament?”

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