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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.

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

Publication date: 
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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Secret meetings and missing law firms

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Author: 
ALTER-EU steering committee

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?

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Malta refuses to reveal meetings with lobbyists

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Author: 
Jurgen Balzan
Media title: 
Malta Today

Malta hides behind Freedom of Information Act exemptions as transparency groups take aim at loopholes in the EU’s lobbying disclosure rules

X’qed jaħbu f’Dar Malta fi Brussels ? (What is Malta hiding in Brussels?)

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Author: 
carmelcacopardo
Media title: 
carmelcacopardo

Fi studju mħejji minn ALTER-EU (Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation – grupp ta’ NGOs li jaħdmu favur it-trasparenza) ippubblikat f’Marzu li għadda ma tantx jidher li r-rapprezentanti ta’ Malta fi Brussels jipprattikaw wisq it-trasparenza.

Matul l-2015 ALTER-EU talbet lil diversi rapprezentanti ta’ pajjiżi membri fl-Unjoni Ewropea biex jinfurmawhom permezz tal-proċeduri tal-Freedom of Information Act dwar il-lista ta’ laqgħat li r-rapprezentanti ta’ Malta fi Brussels kellhom ma dawk imsejħa lobbyists – jiġifieri dawk li jfittxu li jinfluwenzaw it-teħid ta’ deċiżjonijiet u l-formolazzjoni ta’ policy fl-istituzzjonijiet ewropej.

Ir-rapprezentanti ta’ Malta fi Brussels (skond ir-rapport) kienu ta’ wieħed minn żewġ pajjiżi li irrifjutaw li jagħtu din l-informazzjoni. L-oħrajn kienu r-rapprezentanti tar-Renju Unit.

Malta EU Permanent Representation refuses to grant information on meetings with lobby groups

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Author: 
Helena Grech
Media title: 
Independent.com

A Report penned by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) revealed that Malta was one of two EU Member States who refused a Freedom of Information Request on meetings between Maltese permanent representation in Brussels and lobby groups.

Watchdog demands changes in the EU transparency register

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Author: 
Leonardo Alles
Media title: 
Eurodiplomat

On May 31 the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) released a report entitled ‘Lobbying law firms – unfinished business’ which demonstrates that many law firms based in Brussels chose to not comply with the EU lobby transparency register. Although not mandatory, the absence of important actors displayed the shortcomings of the system.

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