Follow Austria’s tough stance on corruption

A discussion is needed on ethics in the European Parliament in 2013 – the European Year of Citizens

Democracy depends on trust and accountability. So if elected politicians accept pay-offs and no action is taken, democracy is in danger. The European Parliament became painfully aware of that two years ago, when three of its members accepted money to act in the interests of journalists posing as lobbyists. The Parliament – led by its then president, Jerzy Buzek – acted quickly: last January, 99% of MEPs voted for a new code of conduct that had been prepared at record speed.

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