New analysis by ALTER-EU shows that when it comes to lobby transparency and preventing privileged access by big business lobbyists, the Juncker Commission still has a long way to go.
2016 has truly been a year when the Commission's rules and ethics have been tested – and found wanting.
ALTER-EU examines the Commission's recently-published proposal for a revised lobby transparency register and finds that the idea to fundamentally change the definition of lobbying could lead to less, rather than more, lobby transparency in Brussels.

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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.
2016/02/23
Research by ALTER-EU member groups Corporate Europe Observatory, Access Info Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe shows that well over 90 per cent of meetings between DG FISMA (the Commission's department for financial regulation) officials not covered by transparency rules and lobbyists are with the corporate sector.
2015/12/17
Like many, ALTER-EU was shocked by the recent Dieselgate emissions scandal and the revelation that just one in ten new diesel cars are achieving statutory limits on the road.
The recent VW scandal makes it very clear that we need a fundamental re-think about the way in which European institutions, especially the Commission, engage with the car industry and corporate lobby interests.
2015/11/12
Is the Commission publishing all lobby meetings held by high level officials?  ALTER-EU writes to Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans to find out. 
2015/11/04

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