One thing is for sure – without transparency – there is no democracy.

Varoufakis is often provoking and sometimes even rude – but he is right when he says:

politicians (also Theresa May with Brexit) should put all their cards on the table:

  1. what do they want to achieve and
  2. how they want to achieve it

otherwise the public is almost clueless left in the dark – about where their elected and unelected leaders of EU and country members are steering or trying to steer – leading probably to more problems than solutions and to legitimite nationalistic resentment about the whole EU project that feels like member countries are (on purpose?) pitted and set up against each others – Greeks people (“lazy money lenders”) vs German (“hard working Nazis”) – which is surely not the Europe we all want to see. (except for weapons manufacturers and others profiting from increased instability and insecurity (George Soros once betted against the Euro, as he did in 1992 with the British Pound – crazy world that such things are even POSSIBLE)

“Brussels, 31 January 2019 – Today, the European Parliament voted in favour of MEPs publishing their meetings with lobbyists.

This is the first mandatory lobby transparency measure to apply to EU parliamentarians and a huge step forward for transparency.

Transparency needs to be a cornerstone of EU policy making

(it not always is… see Meeting of Ministers of Finance of EU without protocols/minutes: EuroGroup)

so we are glad to see that the Parliament has delivered concrete results today,” said Vitor Teixeira, Policy Officer at Transparency International EU.

This is a strong signal ahead of the European elections that the Parliament is serious about being transparent about the influence of lobbyists.”

The European Commission, which has been publishing its meetings since 2014, should now accept this as a good signal from the Parliament and use it to reignite the negotiations on the mandatory lobby register.

In recent months these negotiations hit a stalemate and the Commission warned it would stop the discussions if there was no meaningful commitment by either the Parliament or the Council.

We now urgently need to resume the negotiations for the mandatory lobby register to adopt it before the elections,” continued Mr Teixeira. “We now need a similar signal from the governments of member states in the Council to bring about more transparency on which lobbyists are influencing decisions.”

Although the vote was ultimately successful, it was not an easy fight.

“Centre-right members of “(Donald Tusk‘s)” the European People’s Party (EPP) requested that the ballot was held in secret – thereby omitting which MEPs voted against.

Nonetheless, the result achieved today is a big accomplishment.”


Sven Giegold Green Party Germany – strongly pro transparency

“The establishment of the transparency register of beneficial owners was a great success for the European Parliament in the fight against money laundering and corruption under the green reporting.

However, the German transposition of the EU directive has been completely misguided (4. EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive).

On the publication of data from the Transparency Register of Correctiv, NDR, WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung says the spokesman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen im Europäischen Parliament, Sven Giegold:

“The publications on the transparency register show that the German transparency register is useless.

The Register does not make shady companies transparent.

In the case of the crucial companies, it is an transparency register because it keeps obscuring the true owners.

When a dubious entrepreneur intervenes in two special purpose entities, he remains unrecognised.

The German law contradicts EU law, because the true owner can still remain non-transparent.

Minister of justice, Barley, must now quickly improve the law and bring it into line with EU law.

Until now, the Transparency Register has missed its purpose and only generates bureaucracy.

(same goes for EU-Dataprotection law DSGVO/GDPR… started good theory, badly put into practice completely fails it’s goals, everyone keeps using WhatsApp/Facebook and they don’t care about EU law X-D… goal failure ON PURPOSE? by WHOM? (TRANSPARENCY!))

The fees for using the register are dissuasive, even for journalists. Because of the shortcomings in the implementation of EU law, I lodged a complaint with the EU Commission several months ago. The introduction of the transparency register was a great success in the fight against money laundering. Transparency is the greatest enemy of companies that have something to hide. We must finally sharpen the Register.” (autoTranslated by Yandex)


“Die Einrichtung des Transparenzregisters über wirtschaftlich berechtigte Eigentümer war ein großer Erfolg des Europaparlaments im Kampf gegen Geldwäsche und Korruption unter grüner Berichterstattung. Die deutsche Umsetzung der EU-Richtlinie ist jedoch völlig missraten (4. EU-Anti-Geldwäscherichtlinie).

Zur Veröffentlichung von Daten aus dem Transparenzregister von Correctiv, NDR, WDR und Süddeutsche Zeitung sagt der Sprecher von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen im Europäischen Parlament, Sven Giegold:

“Die Veröffentlichungen zum Transparenzregister zeigen: Das deutsche Transparenzregister ist nutzlos.

Zwielichtige Firmen werden durch das Register nicht transparent.

Bei den entscheidenden Unternehmen ist es ein Intransparenzregister, weil es die wahren Eigentümer weiterhin verschleiert.

Wenn ein dubioser Unternehmer zwei Zweckgesellschaften dazwischen schaltet, bleibt er unerkannt. Das deutsche Gesetz widerspricht EU-Recht, weil die wahren Eigentümer immer noch intransparent bleiben können. Justizministerin Barley muss nun zügig das Gesetz nachbessern und in Einklang mit EU-Recht bringen. Bisher verfehlt das Transparenzregister seinen Zweck und erzeugt nur Bürokratie. Die Gebühren zur Nutzung des Registers sind abschreckend hoch, auch für Journalisten. Wegen der Mängel bei der Umsetzung des EU-Rechts, habe ich schon vor Monaten bei der EU-Kommission Beschwerde eingelegt. Die Einführung des Transparenzregister war ein großer Erfolg im Kampf gegen Geldwäsche. Transparenz ist der größte Feind von Unternehmen, die etwas zu verbergen haben. Wir müssen das Register endlich scharfstellen.”

Die Schlechtumsetzung des Transparenzregisters ins Deutschland haben wir bereits am 15. März 2018 in einer schriftlichen Anfrage an die Kommission kritisiert:

Die Kommission versicherte uns in ihrer Antwort vom 22. Mai 2018, sich die Konformität des deutschen Transparenzregisters anzuschauen und gegebenenfalls weitere Schritte einzuleiten. Seitdem sind wir im regelmäßigen Kontakt mit den Zuständigen in der EU-Kommission, die sich inzwischen in der Sache an die Bundesregierung gewandt hat. Wir bleiben hier dran.á_Transparenzregister-Deutschland.pdf

Bernard Lietaer’s Unconditional Basic Income Draft

Bancor Protocol


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Mário Centeno, head / CEO / chairman of the Eurogroup.

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On the study of Transparency International, presented today, on the lack of transparency, accountability and Democratic control of the Eurogroup, the spokesperson for Alliance 90/the greens in the European Parliament, says Sven Giegold:

28-as-of-2018-Member States of the European Union (EU)
28-as-of-2018-Member States of the European Union (EU)

“The study by Transparency International puts its Finger on the wound of European democracy: the Eurogroup is the darkroom of the EU.

It is one of the biggest blemishes of European democracy that such an important body operates in such an intransparent manner and without European control.

The democratic deficits of the Eurogroup make the EU as a whole vulnerable to Democratic criticism.

Previous reforms of the Eurogroup are far too short.

In order to achieve accountability and control, the Eurogroup must be embedded in the EU’s institutional structure.

Instead of a national finance minister as president, the Eurogroup should be headed by the EU finance commissioner.

We need a euro finance minister, who is at the same time EU finance commissioner and Eurogroup chief.

We should reopen the debate on a euro-finance minister to the European elections.

The Eurogroup should be controlled by the European Parliament.

There must be public minutes of meetings of the Eurogroup.

If the Eurogroup does not remove its democratic deficits, it will make itself vulnerable and weakens itself again and again, especially in times of crisis.”

A study by Transparency International:

download backup mirror: TI-EU EuroGroup report – Transparency International global anti-corruption movement.pdf


Mário Centeno, Chef/CEO/Vorsitzender der Eurogruppe.

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Zur heute vorgestellten Studie von Transparency International zu mangelnder Transparenz, Rechenschaftspflicht und demokratischer Kontrolle der Eurogruppe sagt der Sprecher von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen im Europäischen Parlament, Sven Giegold:

“Die Studie von Transparency International legt den Finger auf die Wunde der europäischen Demokratie: Die Eurogruppe ist die Dunkelkammer der EU. Es ist eines der größten Makel der europäischen Demokratie, dass ein so bedeutendes Gremium derart intransparent und ohne europäische Kontrolle arbeitet. Die demokratischen Defizite der Eurogruppe machen die EU insgesamt angreifbar für Demokratiekritik. Bisherige Reformschritte der Eurogruppe greifen deutlich zu kurz. Um Rechenschaftspflicht und Kontrolle zu erreichen, muss die Eurogruppe in das Institutionengefüge der EU eingebettet werden. Statt von einem nationalen Finanzminister als Präsidenten, sollte die Eurogruppe vom EU-Finanzkommissar geleitet werden. Wir brauchen einen Euro-Finanzminister, der gleichzeitig EU-Finanzkommissar und Eurogruppenchef ist. Die Debatte über einen Euro-Finanzminister sollten wir zu den Europawahlen erneut führen. Die Eurogruppe sollte vom Europaparlament kontrolliert werden. Es muss öffentliche Sitzungsprotokolle der Eurogruppe geben. Wenn die Eurogruppe ihre demokratische Defizite nicht aufhebt, macht sie sich gerade in Krisenzeiten immer wieder angreifbar und schwächt sich dadurch selbst.”

Studie von Transparency International:

Varoufakis-Leaks EuroGroup: The Liberal Establishment massively mishandled the Greek crisis

The minutes of the meetings of the Euro group include published!

(there are no minutes!)

Die Protokolle der Treffen der Euro-Gruppe gehören veröffentlicht!

(es wurden keine Angefertigt… ausser von Varoufakis)

The Eurogroup is not subject to European Law

Most people believe that the answer is: the Eurogroup. Indeed, it is in the Eurogroup where the crucial decisions are reached on which the present and future of Europe depend. Except that the Eurogroup does not exist in European law!1 Without written rules, or legal process, the Eurogroup makes important decisions that are subsequently rubber-stamped, without any serious debate, at the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin).2


The Eurogroup Made Simple