Transparency International (TI)
WARNING: As this organisation lists one or more EP accredited lobbyists, it is highly improbable that its lobbying costs are lower than €10,000.
WARNING: The lobbying costs declared by this organisation are extraordinarily high and may therefore have been over-declared.
1,750,000€ - 1,999,999€
Lobbyists declared: 18.75 FTE (23)
WARNING: The number of full time equivalent lobbyists declared by this organisation are extraordinarily high and may therefore have been over-declared.
Lobbyists with EP accreditation: 12
Meetings with European Commission: 40
Lobbying costs over the years:
Transparency International (TI)
Registration on EU Transparency Register
Goals / Remit
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. It brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world.
Our vision is a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.
Since its founding in 1993, TI has played a lead role in improving the lives of millions around the world by building momentum for the anti-corruption movement. TI raises awareness and diminishes apathy and tolerance of corruption, and devises and implements practical actions to address it.
Transparency International is a global, politically non-partisan network including more than 100 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation. These bodies fight corruption in the national arena in a number of ways. They bring together relevant players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote transparency in elections, in public administration, in procurement and in business. TI’s global network of chapters and contacts also use advocacy campaigns to influence governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.
In addition to the national chapters, Transparency International has an International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin. The International Secretariat is an independent association (“eingetragener Verein”) established under German law. The secretariat provides leadership for the movement’s international initiatives, supports chapters and coordinates our regional work through knowledge sharing, advocacy and coalition building.
In collaboration with national chapters, the secretariat produces numerous research, tools and policy positions. It serves as a knowledge centre, offering valuable insights into the dynamics of corruption and new approaches to tackling it.
Transparency International’s relations with the EU Institutions are coordinated by Transparency International EU (the Brussels office of the organisation). TI-EU is an independent AISBL established under Belgian law. It is the mission of TI EU to prevent corruption and promote integrity, transparency and accountability in EU institutions, policies and legislation. It is its objective to create lasting, structural change at the EU level so that government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are characterized by integrity, justice and security.
TI EU works in close cooperation with the TI Secretariat in Berlin and TI national chapters particularly with those 24 chapters located in EU member states. The objective of TI EU is to fulfill the European dimension of the global TI movement – to provide Brussels-based advocacy at the EU level.
By its very nature, corruption is a crosscutting issue that negatively affects citizens. The many facets of corruption exacerbate the exploitation of the poor and underprivileged, and can have serious implications on the right to equality before law, the right to property, the freedom to perform business, fair and just working conditions, fair political representation and participation, and the basic rights to dignity, integrity and personal security. To alleviate these problems, TI EU works to fight corruption and to create an EU in which all citizens can exercise their fundamental rights in full.
In addition to that, EU legislation and policies can have significant impact on the fight against corruption at national level in EU member states and beyond. The work at EU level thus contributes to the fight against corruption in many countries around the world, for example through work on anti-money laundering regulation, development aid, structural funds and by ensuring that the EU Institutions themselves lead by example when it comes to transparency and the prevention of corruption.
Transparency International EU aims to prevent corruption and promote integrity, transparency and accountability in EU institutions policies and legislation. In that sense TI EU is the EU liaison office of the global movement. Transparency International EU follows all policies and legislative files in the area of anti-corruption and transparency. As of 2019 this includes: - Codes of Conduct in all EU Institutions - Inter-Institutional Agreement for a mandatory transparency register - Transparency in the Council - Transparency of the legislative process, including trilogues - Anti-corruption in the European Semester - Anti-Money Laundering (supervisory / regulatory regime) - EU sanction regime (Directive on asset freezing and confiscation) - Directive on the reuse of public sector information - EU Supranational Risk Assessment - Accounting Directive for Country-by-Country reporting - Discharge reports for main EU Institutions - EU Budget Transparency and Accountability - revision of the MFF 2020-2026 - Open Government & Open Data - Fundamental Rights Report - Rule of Law and conditionality for EU funding - European Public Prosecutor - Directive on fight against fraud by means of criminal law (PIF) - The work of the anti-corruption agenda OLAF - EU staff regulation & whistleblower protection - Financial Regulation conflict of interest provisions - EU Whistleblower protection directive - EU Structural Funds and Regional Policy (including Integrity Pacts) - Public procurement in EU funds - EU extractive industries transparency laws (Accounting and Transparency Directives) - Enlargement policies and progress reports - European Neighbourhood policy - European Development policy + financing - Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals - European Parliament Rules of Procedure - Council Priorities in the area of anti-corruption - European Elections (including questions of funding - Common Foreign and Security Policy, especially EU missions and security assistance - Transparency and accountability of Eurozone governance institutions, especially ECB, EIB, ESM and Eurogroup For our latest positions and activities on these files please also consult our websites: www.transparency.eu and www.transparency.org
Tel: 49 303438200
Rue de l'industrie, 10
Tel: 32 28932458
Lobbyists with EP accreditation
Transparency International EU coordinates the EU advocacy work of Transparency International. Most interactions with EU decision-makers happen in Brussels with staff members of TI EU. As of September 2019 TI EU has 16 staff members (including interns). Given that TI EU’s work is targeted at the EU institutions we assume that the entire activity of the office falls under the remit of the Transparency Register. Detailed information including portfolios and contact details of TI EU staff can always be found on our website under http://transparency.eu/team/
TI EU is supported by an advisory group that was established in 2015 and which includes the following members: Agnes Batory, Andrew Duff, Gretta Fenner, Dieter Frisch, Monique Goyens, Charles Grant, Robin Hodess, Mario Monti (chair), Reinhard Priebe, Jordi Vaquer and Jon Worth.
The International Secretariat of TI in Berlin leads the global and regional advocacy work of TI and some of the programmes, activities and projects seek to influence the EU Institutions and their decision-making process. This can either be as part of campaigns exclusively aimed at the EU or as part of global or regional activities that aim at a range of actors. As of September 2019 TI-S estimates that the equivalent of 4 people devote about 50% of their time to activities that are covered by the EU Transparency Register.
National chapters of Transparency International on occasion also seek to influence the EU Institutions or their decision-making process and meet for example with members of the European Parliament or Commissioners in their respective member states (without the involvement of TI EU). Following a survey among national chapters we estimate that as of September 2019 the equivalent of 3 people devote about 25% of their time to activities that fall under the remit of the Transparency Register.
This registration seeks to comply with the “single entry principle” and provide relevant information on the EU advocacy activity of Transparency International as a global movement. In that sense we seek to facilitate information gathering and to increase transparency of advocacy information for the general public as much as possible. Therefore we have to gather and combine information from Transparency International’s Secretariat, Transparency International EU and the more than 100 national chapters of Transparency International. All these organisations are separate legal entities and there is no direct legal connection between Transparency International’s Secretariat and national chapters. This registration thus relies on those separate legal entities to provide the relevant information and to keep it updated.
TI EU staff that has previously worked in the EU Institutions:
Nick Aiossa (European Parliament Assistant 2007-2013)
Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm (European Commission 2014-2015)
Michiel van Hulten (Member of the European Parliament 1999 - 2004 /Official EU Council of Ministers)
Person in charge of EU relations
Person with legal responsibility
Transparency International EU is part of the Transparency International movement, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
Transparency International is a global network including more than 100 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation. These bodies fight corruption in the national arena in a number of ways. TI’s global network of chapters and contacts also use advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.
Transparency International as a global movement works with a large number of other actors on specific aspects – national governments, international organisations, civil society, media, the private sector and individual citizens.
Transparency International is part of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Civil Society Coalition (www.uncaccoalition.org). It also is a member of the Financial Transparency Coalition and together we work on anti-money-laundering and country-by-country reporting (www.financialtransparency.org). Transparency International EU is also a member of Finance Watch (www.finance-watch.org).
Transparency International consists of more than 100 chapters – locally established, independent organisations – that fight corruption in their respective countries. 24 of these national chapters are located in EU member states (with the exceptions of Malta, Luxembourg, Cyprus and Croatia). The latest list of national chapters of Transparency International can be found here:
Transparency International also has 24 individual members that contribute diverse international experience and expertise to the Transparency International movement. Along with accredited national chapters, they are voting members of the Annual Membership Meeting. The latest list of individual members can be found here: www.transparency.org/whoweare/organisation/individual_members/0/
Procurement from EU institutions
Grants from EU institutions
Full specified budget
View the full specified budget for this organisation on the Transparency Register website.
Total public financing
Other financial information
There are no notes attached to this organisation.
Expert groups (European Commission)
Multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU #E03529 #http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3529 #Member #C#The multi-annual financial framework#The global dimension of SDGs, including trade and migration#Governance, Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development and the Rule of Law#Management Committee of the platform
Intergroups (European Parliament)
Industry forums (European Parliament)
Transparency International EU works on 3 main campaigns, details of which can be found here: http://transparency.eu/priorities/ 1. EU money & politics: We want to make decision-making in the EU as transparent as possible, so that politicians, civil servants and lobbyists could be held accountable for their actions. We also want to ensure that the EU spends its money transparently. This covers our work on lobbying, conflicts of interests, revolving doors, legislative transparency, budget transparency... 2. Financial flows & crime: We want to make sure that the vast sums of money that flow around the EU are sourced from legitimate means and have legitimate ends. This covers our work on anti-money laundering, country-by-country reporting, tax transparency, corporate transparency... 3. EU & anti-corruption: We focus on the EU’s attempts to faciliate anti-corruption efforts of governments in Member States and non-EU countries. This covers our work on EU anti-corruption efforts, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly goal 16 on good governance), whistleblower protection, enlargement, EU spending...
Meetings with European Commission40 meetings found.
The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.
- 27 Jun 2019 - Jani Taivalantti - Situation in Georgia (DG External Action)
- 16 May 2018 - Manuel Mateo-Goyet - Online Disinformation (DG Digital Economy)
- 23 Feb 2018 - Ioana Diaconescu - The paper published on structural funds and rule of law conditionality, ‘Can EU funds promote the rule of law in Europe? (DG Economics & Tax)
- 29 Jan 2018 - Friedrich Wenzel Bulst - Current trends in competition enforcement (DG Competition)
- 25 Jan 2018 - David Boublil - Whistleblower protection. (DG Economics & Tax)
- 19 Jan 2018 - Kevin O'Connell - Whistleblowers (DG Justice)
- 19 Jan 2018 - Commissioner Věra Jourová - Whistleblowers (DG Justice)
- 16 Jan 2018 - Markus Schulte - MFF (DG Digital Economy)
- 21 Nov 2017 - Konstantinos CHATZIFOTIS Giorgios ROSSIDES - EU anti-corruption policy (DG Home Affairs)
- 26 Oct 2017 - Reinhard Felke - Discussion sur la transparence (DG Economics & Tax)
- 21 Sep 2017 - Anna-Lena Zademach-Schwierz Tomas Nejdl - Structural Funds and rule of law (DG Regional Policy)
- 04 Jul 2017 - Massimo Suardi - anti-corruption aspects of European Semester (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 29 Jun 2017 - Filomena Chirico - EU whistleblowers protections initiatives (DG Jobs & Growth)
- 20 Apr 2017 - Rolf Carsten Bermig - Emissions scandal (DG Internal Market)
- 26 Jan 2017 - Director-General Marc Lemaître - Meeting with Mr Cobus de Swardt (DG Regional Policy)
- 23 Nov 2016 - Nils Behrndt - Role of transparency and accountability in the new Development Consensus (DG Development)
- 12 Jul 2016 - Hilde Hardeman - Fight against corruption (DG Jobs & Growth)
- 17 Jun 2016 - Irena Andrassy Nils Behrndt - Cooperation against corruption in developing countries (DG Development)
- 25 May 2016 - Commissioner Věra Jourová - Anti-money laundering directive (DG Justice)
- 25 May 2016 - Isabelle Perignon - Anti-money laundering directive (DG Justice)
- 10 Mar 2016 - Sebastian Kuck - Councty by Country Reporting (CBCR) (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 10 Mar 2016 - Jan Ceyssens - CBCR (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 03 Mar 2016 - Denzil Davidson - Green Paper on Retail Financial Services (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 02 Feb 2016 - Jan Ceyssens - EU Tax Agenda (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 02 Feb 2016 - Antoine Kasel - Discuss Corporate Tax Avoidance Package (DG Presidency)
- 29 Jan 2016 - Diane Schmitt Giorgios ROSSIDES - EU Anti curruption policy (DG Home Affairs)
- 01 Oct 2015 - Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis - Corporate Tax Transparency (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 01 Oct 2015 - Commissioner Pierre Moscovici - Corporate Tax Transparency (DG Economics & Tax)
- 01 Oct 2015 - Commissioner Jonathan Hill - Corporate Tax Transparency (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 01 Oct 2015 - Jan Ceyssens - Corporate Tax Transparency (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 23 Jul 2015 - Diane Schmitt Polykarpos Adamidis - Corruption (DG Home Affairs)
- 16 Jul 2015 - Michael Curtis - Activities of TI on corruption/security (DG External Action)
- 09 Jul 2015 - Polykarpos Adamidis - Transparency International Cyprus activities (DG Home Affairs)
- 17 Jun 2015 - Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis - Corporate transparency and Action Plan on fair taxation of corporate income tax (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 17 Jun 2015 - Tatyana Panova - Corporate transparency and Action Plan on fair taxation of corporate income tax (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 21 Apr 2015 - Sebastian Kuck - Country by country reporting (DG Euro & Financial Markets)
- 18 Mar 2015 - Monika Ladmanova - Shareholders Rights Directive and Corporate Social Responsibility (DG Justice)
- 18 Mar 2015 - Miguel Ceballos Baron Cécile Billaux - Trade, transparency and corruption (DG Trade)
- 17 Feb 2015 - Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva - Meeting with Carl Dolan, Director of Transparency International, Brussels office (DG Budget)
- 09 Dec 2014 - Fabrizia Panzetti - Fight against corruption (DG External Action)