At 23 June, 2011 the European Parliament and European Commission launched the so-called “Transparency Register”, the new joint Commission and Parliament register of interest representatives in the EU. As the new register brought a number of improvements, ALTER-EU welcomed it, although it stressed from the outset that several fundamental flaws remain. These should be fixed as soon as possible.
Crucial improvements include:
Between 25.000 and 30.000 professional lobbyists currently roam the corridors of the EU institutions, a large majority representing business interests. Without rules on transparency and ethics for lobbying, the influence of corporate lobbyists on EU policy-making has largely remained out of public sight. The influence granted to corporate lobbyists in EU decision-making raises serious concerns over the impartiality of EU decision-making and its democratic principle.