MEPs say safeguards against industry dominance "insufficient”

Publication date: 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Gaspard Sebag
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Members of the European Parliament have criticised the EU executive’s expert groups for their unbalanced composition favouring big business and their lack of transparency.


Approximately two-thirds of the 1,000 expert groups are made up solely of member states’ representatives. Members of the European Parliament point out that the corporate sector is over-represented in the remainder compared to civil society and small and medium sized enterprises. Last summer, representatives of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) met with the cabinet of Michel Barnier, the Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, to alert them that 191 corporate lobbyists sit in a personal capacity in eight expert groups on financial services. No information was provided by Barnier's cabinet about the evolution of this situation – mostly inherited from Charlie McCreevy.