Full lobby transparency now!

Whether it is TTIP, austerity, internet data privacy, banking, climate change, or almost any other issue, lobbyists are working hard in Brussels and in our capital cities to influence policies and laws. And too many of these lobbyists are working for corporate interests, rather than the public interest.

We at ALTER-EU think it should be compulsory for all lobbyists to sign-up to a high-quality, legally-binding, lobby register. Improved lobby transparency will help us to know exactly who these lobbyists are, who they work for, how much they spend, and what laws and initiatives they are working on. If they outnumber public interests, lobby transparency will help us expose that, and bring more balance into the debate. If lobbyists are acting unethically or unscrupulously, lobby transparency can help us to reveal that too.

And if we demand that the EU institutions become more transparent, we should also make similar calls on our national governments too.

ALTER-EU demands

  • EU legislation for a high-quality, legally-binding lobby register by the end of 2017

  • Greater interest in, and proposals for, new high-quality lobby registers in EU member states. Read more about lobby transparency in the member states.

Transparency won't solve all problems to do with lobbying but it should force our decision-makers to listen to a greater number of voices and it will ensure that we can hold them to account if they don't.

We are working with our member groups and partners across Europe on this campaign. Please join us and get involved. You can organise a public debate or film screening; write to your MPs and MEPs; publish an article; carry out research and more...

To find out more and to get active, contact nicola@alter-eu.org and follow us on Twitter: @ALTEREU #lobbytransparency

Read more about the detail of the campaign by checking out our frequently asked questions and our proposals for lobby register reform

Read more about our Full lobby transparency now! campaign in different EU member states

 


 

Commission data reveals lobby transparency loopholes and corporate bias

Publication date: 
Monday, February 20, 2017
Press release issued by: 
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)

President Juncker’s policy of proactive transparency still fails to address loopholes in lobbying transparency rules and does not ensure a balanced consultation of stakeholders, new analysis by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) shows.

 

Corporate interests dominate EU lobbying on financial services

Corporates dominate lobbying on finance
Publication date: 
Monday, February 20, 2017

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.

Letter to EU Permanent Representations on need for full lobby transparency

Publication date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ALTER-EU has written to all Permanent Representations in Brussels to request the support of member states for comprehensive lobby transparency among the European Union institutions.

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Reform of EU lobbying, only counts direct lobby?

Publication date: 
Friday, November 18, 2016
Author: 
Angelone Francesco
Media title: 
informazione libera

The proposal submitted by the European Commission on the revision of the Transparency Register is arousing, predictably, a heated debate.

It appears that it circumscribes the lobbying to "interactions" with policy-makers and decision-makers and, therefore, should be considered too ambiguous and timid . 

HOW COULD EU LOBBYING BE REFORMED ?

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Author: 
Anthony Chambers
Media title: 
aalep

" It is impossible  to make lobbying at any level of European politics entirely transparent due to the impracticality of encoding a definition of lobbying acceptable to all participants and the possible infringement of privacy for individuals consulting their elected representatives. However by amending existing legislation and through the adoption of new regulations the EU could make significant strides in improving transparency. Lobbyists can play an important part in the legislative process by providing relevant expertise and information which can help identify unconsidered consequences of draft legislation. However in a democracy, governments should nonetheless work to ensure transparency.

Lobby transparency: the devil is always in the detail

Lobby transparency: the devil is always in the detail
Publication date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

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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Lobbywatch Netherlands Launched

Lobbying in the Netherlands is regulated even less than in Brussels. That is why a coalition of civil society organisations came together to launch Lobbywatch Netherlands (NL) in December 2016.

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