Over 10,000 citizens signed our petition for action on EU lobby transparency – Thank you for your support!

Publication date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This afternoon ALTER-EU handed over our online petition, signed by 10,281 people across several websites, urging MEPs to stand up for lobbying transparency in the European Union and lead the transition to a mandatory lobby register.

 Martin Ehrenhauser MEP; Heghine Evinyan (office of Ehrenhauser MEP; Nicola Freeman (ALTER-EU); Olivier Hoedeman (ALTER-EU, Corporate Europe Observatory)

The petition was handed over to Martin Ehrenhauser MEP, a member of the EU Transparency Register working group, just before the working group met to make important decisions regarding the regulation of the powerful Brussels lobby industry.

Olivier Hoedeman of Corporate Europe Observatory, who presented the petition on behalf of the ALTER-EU coalition, said: “Right now, many lobbyists boycott the voluntary EU lobby register. They include some of the world's biggest corporations as well as virtually all law firms that lobby on behalf of industry clients. These lobbyists benefit from lobbying in the dark. Enough is enough – it's time for a mandatory lobby register".

Read the full press release here.

Many thanks for all your support. We will keep you informed of progress on this issue.