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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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Open letter to leadership of European Parliament: the European Commission needs stronger ethics and transparency rules around lobbying

Publication date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Author: 
Steering committee ALTER-EU

The Commission has released so little information in the months that have passed since the scandal broke, that it has in effect raised more questions than it has provided answers.

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[UPDATE] Health and transparency NGOs demand Commission implements UN tobacco lobbying rules + answer of European Commission

Publication date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Author: 
Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Corporate Accountability International, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Smoke-Free Partnership

Transparency, public health and tobacco control NGOs have today written to EU Commission President Barroso to complain about Commission officials having undisclosed meetings with tobacco lobbyists, in violation of UN rules.

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CALL FOR STRICTER LOBBY RULES AFTER DALLI SCANDAL

Publication date: 
Monday, November 5, 2012
Author: 
ALTER-EU

Civil society groups have today written to the European Commission President urging him to end the secrecy around the resignation of the former Health and Consumer Commissioner John Dalli. You can do the same, click here.

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[Update] Lessons from Dalli scandal: Commission needs stronger ethics and transparency rules around lobbying + Commission answer

Publication date: 
Monday, November 5, 2012
Author: 
Steering committee of ALTER-EU

The Commission has released so little information in the three weeks since the scandal around the resignation of John Dalli, the former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, broke, that it has - in effect - raised more questions than it has provided answers.

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50 organsations and international experts respond to Commission spokesperson's "nutty NGO's" attack

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Author: 
50 civil society groups and international freedom of information experts.

A Commission spokesperson is quoted as referring in vehement and exaggerated terms to information requests made by “nutty NGOs”, claiming that “they think it's funny to waste officials' time” by making access to information requests.

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Letter to European Parliament's Budget Committee: MEPs should reject lifting reserve on expert groups budget (English and French version attached)

Publication date: 
Monday, May 7, 2012
Author: 
Yiorgos Vassalos

On 8 May, the Budget Committee will vote on the European Commission's request to lift the reserve of two million Euros for meetings for expert groups. (Transfer of Appropriations No DEC 05/2012) The European Commission is requesting that this reserve is lifted without any of the conditions set by the European Parliament being fulfilled [...].

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