ALTER-EU media coverage

55,000 sign petition as campaigners fight for transparency in EU lobbying

Publication date: 
Monday, August 15, 2016
Author: 
Nathanael Williams @RobertJSomynne
Media title: 
Commonspace

Barroso’s Goldman Sachs chairmanship sparks campaign for greater transparency among MEPs and EU institutions 

A PETITION calling for action on the lobbying activities of EU officials has gained 55,000 signatures in a bid to pressure for transparency on a “revolving door” culture in the European Union.

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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