The European Fee on Wednesday mentioned France ought to do extra to use company lobbying guidelines, a warning that got here with President Emmanuel Macron below strain over his ties to US ride-hailing agency Uber.
In France a “important variety of considerations stay as regards the applying of guidelines on lobbying for all related actors, together with at high government stage”, mentioned the fee.
The remarks had been a part of the fee’s annual report on the state of the rule of legislation within the European Union.
The criticism of France comes simply days after the “Uber Information” revelations, an enormous, worldwide investigation by journalists primarily based on 1000’s of leaked inner firm paperwork.
Amongst a trove of different particulars, The Guardian and Le Monde revealed privileged exchanges between Uber and Macron when he was economic system minister, between 2014 and 2016.
The Fee’s report didn’t consult with the scandal or to Macron. Nevertheless it mentioned the French authority answerable for monitoring and limiting the affect of lobbying “lacks human and technical sources”.
The report additionally criticised Poland and Hungary, saying democracy and elementary rights had been nonetheless below risk.
Poland was pilloried above all for the judiciary’s lack of independence. The fee criticised Hungary’s failure to adequately prosecute high-level corruption circumstances.
Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro lashed out on the report, accusing the European Fee of searching for to “overthrow energy with a democratic mandate in Poland”.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Gergely Gulyas denounced “a brand new, not very fascinating chapter within the defamation marketing campaign” of Brussels towards his nation.
Vera Jourova, the EU Vice-President answerable for values, careworn that this yr’s report was set in an “extraordinary geopolitical context”.
Whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin violates human rights in Ukraine, the European Union can “solely stay credible if our personal home is so as”, she added.
Based on the report, neither Poland nor Hungary ensures freedom of the press.
Germany was additionally requested to take stronger motion to curb the political affect of lobbyists.
The report mentioned the German authorities needed to tighten guidelines towards the so-called revolving door the place senior civil servants leap to private-sector jobs and use their affect on authorities.
That demand got here as former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is below hearth for his actions for Russian power corporations and faces expulsion from his SPD political occasion.
He was not named within the report.