“LOBBYIST SWAMP” IN BRUSSELS
Following the corruption scandal in the European Parliament revealed in December, when the police found suitcases stuffed with banknotes, the Dutch socialist MEP Paul Tang has said that “MEPs’ assistants, EU Commission officials, and industry insiders should help drain the lobbyist swamp in Brussels by tipping off a new “early-alert” system.”
He spoke after a secure drop-box for potential whistleblowers went online on Thursday (2 February).
This he said is designed to expose abuse such as “astroturfing” in which industry giants lobby via front organisations.
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