March 5. 2024. 1:45

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Group leaders endorse first steps of parliamentary reform 


The reforms aim at strengthening the Parliament’s integrity, independence and accountability, while protecting the free mandate of Members. Other medium and long-term measures will be part a wider reform process with a dedicated Committee responsible.

"I promised quick and decisive action in response to trust lost. These reforms agreed today are a new start to strengthen the integrity, independence and accountability in the European Parliament. The reforms are the first steps in rebuilding trust in European decision-making, and I hope will go someway in showing that politics is a force for good," said European Parliament President Roberta Metsola after the endorsement.

These first steps include:

  • A cooling off period for MEPs who wish to lobby Parliament when they are no longer in office
  • Make clearer online all information related to the integrity of the parliamentary work
  • Mandatory registration in the Transparency Register for any event with participation of interest representatives in the EP
  • Requirement extended to all Members, assistants and other staff, who have an active role on a report or resolution to declare scheduled meetings with diplomatic representatives of third countries, and with third parties covered by the scope of the transparency register. Specific exemptions will be allowed
  • Ban on friendship groups with third countries where official Parliamentary interlocutors already exist and that could cause confusion
  • All persons above 18 years old visiting the EP will fill in a new entry log. (does not apply to journalists and other EU institutions)
  • Former members and former staff will be given daily access badges
  • Rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs to submit a declaration of conflict of interests to the relevant committee secretariat when appointed
  • Revised declaration form on financial interests, that would include clearer information on Members’ side jobs and outside activities, where appropriate
  • Introduction of a compliance and whistleblowing training
  • Fighting foreign interference by applying rules for Motions for Resolutions tabled with urgency in line with existing Rule 144 (ROP).
  • Reinforcement of cooperation with national authorities to boost the fight against corruption

To accompany all the actions mentioned above, Parliament will run regular awareness-raising campaigns on obligations for MEPs and staff.

Next steps

The decision is the first step in a process to enhance public trust in the Parliament and protect the right of MEPs in the free exercise of their mandate, including freedom of association.

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Work on these reforms will start immediately in order to ensure entry into force as soon as possible. In addition, further steps will be considered, including medium to longer-term measures to be incorporated in a wider reform process, launched by the Conference of Presidents in January 2023.

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