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



Lobby transparency: the devil is always in the detail

Lobby transparency: the devil is always in the detail
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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.

Busting the spin on lobby transparency: an ALTER-EU media briefing

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Monday, September 26, 2016
At the end of September, the European Commission will announce its proposal for a mandatory lobby transparency register, but what does "mandatory" mean in practice?
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The EU lobby transparency register: now or never

Publication date: 
Monday, September 19, 2016

The Commission will shortly publish its proposal for a reformed (and “mandatory”) lobby transparency register. This ALTER-EU policy briefing for MEPs outlines our 6 priorities for a revised lobby register, and the rationale behind these.

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Give the Commission your views on EU lobbying!

Publication date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The European Commission is consulting on lobby transparency until 31 May 2016. Make sure you tell them what you think; this ALTER-EU template provides some food for thought.

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National representations in Brussels: open for corporate lobbyists

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Corporate lobbyists enjoy widespread access to member state representations according to the first ever study on lobbying activities at national government offices in Brussels.

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