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About Koen Roovers

Koen Roovers is EU advisor for the Financial Transparency Coalition, an international network of not-for-profit groups which advocates transparency and accountability in the global financial system. He was previously coalition coordinator of ALTER-EU.

Articles by Koen Roovers

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Settling accounts: what happens after SwissLeaks?

The SwissLeaks scandal around the HSBC bank subsidiary there has highlighted how globalisation can facilitate tax-dodgers. Only a bright spotlight of information can deter them.

The EU needs better anti-money laundering rules

The EU seeks to become the standard-bearer on financial transparency. But right now, it’s still too easy to get away with shady dealings in Europe.

Money laundering and sausages: the making of EU laws

Last Tuesday week, MEPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of public disclosure of the real owners of companies, trusts, and other businesses operating in the EU, aiming to curtail money laundering. How? Here's our step-by-step guide to European law-making.

Privileged access vs. public scrutiny - why lobbying transparency matters

Every day, thousands of lobbyists roam the corridors of Brussels to represent business interests, with most of their actions and affiliations hidden from the public. What can be done against the influence of special interests in European public policy-making?

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