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ALTER-EU demands effective reform of the Code of Conduct

Publication date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Author: 
ALTER-EU

ALTER-EU urges European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, to implement effective reforms to the Code of Conduct for commissioners to prevent further ethics scandals.

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How to improve troubled 'Expert Groups

Publication date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Author: 
ALTER-EU, BirdLife International, European Environmental Bureau, Transparency International

It's make or break time for the European Commission's advisory groups, known formally as Expert Groups. Vice President Frans Timmerman plans to bring out new horizontal rules to make the groups more balanced and more accountable, but will he listen to the concerns of the public?

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Public interest groups demand consultation on weak new rules for EU advisory groups

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A coalition of civil society groups working on lobbying transparency and ethics regulations have called on European Commission Vice President, Frans Timmermans, to wait until the European Parliament and the public have had a chance to comment before introducing new rules on advisory groups, formally known as Expert Groups.

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ALTER-EU complaints to the EU transparency register regarding misleading entries

Publication date: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ALTER-EU has submitted five complaints to the EU lobby register secretariat concerning the entries of organisations that we consider have under-reported their true lobby expenditure.

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Letter to Frans Timmermans from 113 NGOs on EU lobby register

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Monday, May 11, 2015

ALTER-EU and 113 NGOs have today urged European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans to take strong and urgent action to create a high-quality and legally-binding EU lobby transparency register.

 

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Sample letter to EU commissioners about revolving door rules

Publication date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014
Author: 
ALTER-EU steering committee

This is one of the 28 identical letters which have been sent to individual European commissioners to remind them of their revolving door obligations when they leave office under the code of conduct for commissioners.

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Civil society calls upon Commissioner Šefčovič for higher levels of transparency, fairness and accountability among the Commission's expert groups

Publication date: 
Monday, May 6, 2013
Author: 
Monique Goyens, (Director General, BEUC), Angelo Caserta (Regional Director, Stichting, BirdLife Europe), Pascoe Sabido (Researcher and Campaigner, Corporate Europe Observatory), Guillame Prache (Director, EuroFinuse), Monica Kosinska (Director, European Public Health Alliance), Magda Stoczkiewicz, (Director, Friends of the Earth Europe), Jos Dings (Director, Transport and Environment), Jana Mittermaier (Director, Transparency International EU Office)

Since the launching of the informal dialogue between the Commission and the Parliament in September, many civil society groups have felt excluded from the process undertaken by the Commission to reform its expert groups. They therefore call on Commissioner Šefčovič for higher levels of transparency, fairness and accountability.

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