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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Following the high-level appointment of former European Commission President Barroso to Goldman Sachs, an alliance of pro-transparency NGOs has launched a citizens’ petition demanding stricter rules for ex-EU commissioners’ revolving door moves.
2016/08/09
ALTER-EU condemns the move by former Commission President Barroso to become non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International. It illustrates, once again, the need for an overhaul of both the revolving door rules, and the revolving door culture, in Brussels.
Why are some high level meetings with the Commission still kept secret and what will Timmermans do to force lobbying law firms to join the transparency register?
2016/06/29
Too many law firms in Brussels are absent from the EU lobby transparency register while clearly running EU lobbying services, says a new analysis by ALTER-EU.
2016/05/31
Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans' launch in March of a consultation to improve the EU lobby register came seven months late. Does it herald a genuine step forward towards improved lobby transparency in Brussels?
2016/04/18

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