ALTER-EU strongly believes that the EU's current revolving door rules are not up to the job and need substantial reform. There is currently an opportunity to do this with the reform of the “Staff Regulations” (the rules which set out the rights and duties of EU officials).
In her Survival guide to EU lobbying Caroline De Cock, an experienced EU lobbyist, calls senior ex-officials who go through the revolving door into commercial lobbying “door-openers” and she writes “They can be of great value, by opening the door to people and offices that would otherwise remain unattainable to your lobbying efforts”.
The revolving door has been in the headlines again in recent weeks with the speedy departure of a top official from the EU's medicines agency to a prominent law firm. Such revolving door moves can allow the private sector to 'capture' or unduly influence the work of the public sector.
Our website got a face lift (see the result here), we had several letter actions (see the ALTER-EU news below) and together with the Civil Society Contact Group we published the new 'Transparency Register' guidelines, with which organisations can make a truly transparent registration in the European Parliament and European Commission's register.