MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “The extremely lousy testimony which the anti-corruption committee of the Council of Europe (GRECO) of the Federal Republic of Germany is issuing this year for its fight against corruption is shameful. For a long time the Council of Europe has been demanding stricter rules from Germany against political influence by companies and other interest groups, but hardly anything happens. It cannot go on like this. The coalition must now finally deliver and agree on a mandatory, statutory lobby register for the federal government and the Bundestag. The LINKEN bill has set the right standards for this. The influence on legislation in the area of government must be fully transparent as a legislative footprint, and the public also has a right to know which lobbyists are meeting with whom on which topic in the ministry and when. Right now, the lobby influence is once again clearly evident in the fact that the government first and foremost thought of the corporations and not of the socially disadvantaged in society when it came to Corona aid ”, explains Jan Korte, First Parliamentary Managing Director of the DIE LINKE faction on the report published yesterday in Germany by the group of states of the Council of Europe against corruption GRECO from October 29, 2020. Korte continues: “I find it scandalous that the federal government consistently refuses to work in the fight against corruption. Instead of ensuring that the long list of tasks, which ranges from more lobby transparency, disclosure of personal financial conflicts of interest of high-ranking decision-makers to the expansion of parental leave regulations and a more transparent and citizen-friendly practice of file access according to the Freedom of Information Act, gets smaller, she persists in Inaction. As long as this does not change, the government should better refrain from criticizing other states for rampant corruption there. “
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