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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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