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21.11.2011 08:48

Transparenz-Regeln auch für EU-Abgeordnete beschlossen

Der Ausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments zu Konstitutionellen Fragen (AFCO) stimmt Ende letzter Woche dem neuen parlamentarischen Verhaltenskodex zu. Dieser Kodex für die Brüsseler Parlamentarier soll mehr Transparenz über die Nebentätigkeiten schaffen und sieht Einschränkungen bei Geschenken vor.

Parlamentspräsident Jerzy Buzek freut sich nach der Abstimmung über den Code of Conduct. Er sagte, die Abstimmung mache deutlich, wie sehr sich alle Abgeordneten hinter die Transparenz-Regeln stellten und sich ihnen unterwürfen. Die Abstimmung im Ausschuss sei ein exzellentes Vorzeichen für eine breite Zustimmung im Dezember durch das gesamte Parlament.

Der Code of Conduct oder Verhaltenskodex schreibt vor, dass Abgeordnete kein Geld oder indirekte Belohnungen für die Einflussnahme auf Entscheidungen des Parlaments annehmen dürfen, was einem Verbot von Nebentätigkeiten gleichkommt, wenn Sie die Arbeit des Parlaments betreffen. Mit den neuen - scharfen! - Regeln zieht das Parlament Konsequenzen aus den Skandalen um die Bestechung von Abgeordneten.

Nach Beschluss durch das gesamte Parlament könnte der Code of Conduct zu Beginn des Jahres in Kraft treten.

Die Regeln in der Übersicht:

„Committee chair and rapporteur Carlo Casini (EPP, IT) said "I believe the most significant aspects of the newly-adopted code of conduct are the unanimous consensus behind it and the speed with which it was approved. The broad consensus is also due to the preliminary work done by all political forces at the highest level, while the speed is also a consequence of a reaction to unjustified criticisms of MEPs. Having compared the new code to all existing national ones in the EU, we can say that it guarantees the highest level of transparency."

Financial declaration

MEPs will have to state, publicly and on line, any professional activity performed during the three years before election, as well as any membership of any board of companies, NGOs and/or associations held during that period or at present. Any remunerated activity undertaken during the term of office, including writing, lecturing and providing expert advice, even if occasional, will have to be made public if it earns more than €5,000 a year.

Financial support of any nature and any financial interest that may cause a conflict of interests will also have to be disclosed. Any change to the declaration must be notified within 30 days and in the event of failure, the member will no longer be eligible to hold offices within Parliament.


Any gift or benefit valued at more than €150 received by a MEP during the performance of his or her duties must be refused or, if the MEP was officially representing Parliament, passed on to Parliament's President. Reimbursement of direct costs will not be deemed a gift, if the event is attended further to an official invitation.


Should the code be breached, and upon a decision by the President after having consulted the Advisory Committee, a member may be sanctioned with a reprimand, a forfeiture of the daily allowance from two up to 10 days, temporary suspension from Parliament's activities (not including the right to vote) for a maximum of 10 days, or the loss of the role of rapporteur or other elected offices within the EP (for the latter two latter sanctions, a confirmatory decision by the President is needed ). Any such sanctions will be published on Parliament's web site.

Former MEPs

Former MEPs who start working as lobbyists in a field directly linked to EU affairs will not benefit from the facilities otherwise provided to former, during the time of such activity.

Advisory committee

An advisory committee will provide guidance to MEPs and advise the President on what steps to take in the event of alleged breaches of the code. Thursday's committee decision followed the unanimous adoption by the Conference of Presidents (made up of the EP President and the political group leaders) on 7 July 2011. The EP Bureau (presidium) working group which drew up the draft code, modelled it on the best practices of a number of national parliaments.“

Aus Pressemitteilung zum Beschluss. (tr/cl)

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