NGOs denounce over-representation of industry

Publication date: 
mardi, July 10, 2012
Ophélie Spanneut
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Two-thirds of the advisory groups that work with the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry are dominated by big business interests that hold at least half the non-governmental seats.


ALTER-EU (Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation) denounces their over-representation, in a study published on 10 July. While they are supposed to advise the Commission on technical subjects, these interests in fact influence key policies. ALTER-EU points out that SMEs, NGOs and trade unions do not have the same opportunities. They represent 5%, 8% and 1%, respectively, of non-governmental participants.