Balanced expert groups

Wie sich die Banker in Brüssel die Regeln selber machen

Publication date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Media title: 

"Die Kommission hat im Moment 260 Experten, die sie bei der Gesetzgebung am Finanzmarkt beraten sollen, die werden von der Kommission eingeladen. Nur, 200 von diesen 260 kommen direkt von der Finanzindustrie." (Yiorgos Vassalos, ALTER-EU)

ALTER-EU workshop on expert groups: ‘Big business cannot be the non-state interest category most represented in Commission’s expert groups!’

Publication date: 
Friday, May 13, 2011
ALTER-EU workshop on expert groups
Start date: 
Wed, 2011-05-11 15:00
Conference room, Mundo-B

More than fifty people attended a civil society meeting organised by ALTER-EU on the question of corporate influence and sometimes even corporate capture of EU policy making through the expert groups used by the European Commission.

A broad range of Brussels-based pan European networks shared their points of view on the deficiencies of the current advisory structure of the Commission and stressed the central role that consultation and expertise seeking methods have in the democratic quality of the decision making process.


Invitation for civil society groups: ALTER-EU workshop about the corporate influence on the Commission's experts groups

Publication date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Members of the European Parliament from all political groups have urged an overhaul of the rules for expert groups. ALTER-EU believes the time is right for civil society groups to come together and demand that the Commission ensures balanced representation and transparency.

Document types: 

New Rules on expert groups fail to prevent capture by business lobbies - setback for transparency

Publication date: 
Monday, January 10, 2011

In November, the College of Commissioners quietly adopted the long-awaited revision of the ‘Horizontal Rules on Expert Groups’. The new rules do not include any safeguards against corporate capture of expert groups, whereas more than 100 of the existing groups are dominated by big business. They also limit the scope for transparency.

Download full document as pdf: 
Document types: 

The European Ombudsman opens an inquiry on Expert Groups

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 4, 2010

The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry regarding expert groups transparency and balanced composition

Document types: 

Will Barnier ensure balance in expert advice on financial reform?

Publication date: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Letter asking Commissioner Barnier to end the domination of banks, insurance and funds in expert groups advising the Commission on the financial reform

Document types: 


Subscribe to Balanced expert groups