If it's autumn in Brussels, it must be time for the annual gathering of commissioners and Big Business! Organised by BusinessEurope, one of Europe's lobbying heavyweights, it’s a shocking example of the cosy relations between EU regulators and those they should be regulating.
The Commission wants to redefine lobbying during the upcoming revision of the EU lobby transparency register so that it only relates to direct contacts with EU decision-makers. But such a change of approach would allow certain lobbyists to operate under the radar, away from public scrutiny.
One month after the European Parliament voted to ban pesticide manufacturer Monsanto from entering Parliament premises, 24 transparency and environment groups remind them to implement their decision as comprehensively and effectively as possible.

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ALTER-EU has analysed whether the Commission’s published lists of meetings are complete. Our research reveals that the Commission has yet to deliver on its promise of proactive transparency.
2016 has truly been a year when the Commission's rules and ethics have been tested – and found wanting.
Reformed ethics rules for European Parliamentarians lack bite, and will not do enough to build trust in European institutions, according to transparency campaigners.
2016/12/13
ALTER-EU responds to the Commission's proposals for reforms to the Code of Conduct for Commissioners.
2016/11/22
Barrosogate: ALTER-EU responds to Ad Hoc Ethics Committee opinion which said Barroso’s new role at Goldman Sachs International was not a breach of the rules.
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