Gifts of over €150 have to be handed over or refused. The reimbursement of “direct costs” relating to participation in any event in line with parliamentary work upon invitation will not be considered as a gift, however, according to an amendment to the original draft adopted by AFCO. “That’s a problem because it creates a major loophole as it is often used in lobbying strategy,” Hoedman told Europolitics.
Plenary green-lights new MEP code of conduct
Thursday, December 1, 2011