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EU Treaties provide legal base for mandatory lobby register

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Author: 
ALTER-EU (The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU), AK EUROPA (Arbeiterkammer), and ÖGB Europabüro

Over the next months, the European Commission and Parliament will review their voluntary joint Transparency Register that entered into force June 2011. The register continues to have a large number of shortcomings, due to its voluntary nature. According to Professor Markus Krajewski the new EU Treaties provide a legal base for a mandatory lobby register.

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Legal study into the legal framework for a mandatory EU lobby register and regulations

Publication date: 
Monday, June 17, 2013
Author: 
Markus Krajewski, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Transferring the current voluntary regime into binding rules has been a demand of the European Parliament since a number of years. [..] The [attached] study assesses if there is a legal basis in current EU primary law to establish a mandatory lobby register.

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Mandatory or voluntary? Time for a lobby register that really works!

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Mandatory or voluntary
Start date: 
Mon, 2013-06-17 18:30
Location: 
Brussels, European Parliament (for EP-internal technical reasons, the room number will be confirmed to you at a later stage)

Ever since its inception, transparency groups have argued that the voluntary nature of the joint Transparency Register of the European Commission and the European Parliament makes that major lobby groups are not yet signed up to or still missing from the register, and that the information provided is not always correct and sometimes even incorrect.

AK EUROPA, the Brussels office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, the ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, and ALTER-EU, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation, would like to invite you to a panel discussion about the joint Transparency Register of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

 

La bataille pour la confidentialité des données

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

La bataille pour la confidentialité des données oppose les militants des droits numériques à ce que la vice-présidente de la Commission, V. Reding, décrit comme l'un des lobbying industriels les plus agressifs qu'elle ait jamais vue.

Pour plus d'informations: http://www.alter-eu.org/documents/2013/05/the-data-privacy-fight (EN)

 

The data privacy lobby battle: what's at stake and what can be done?

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Author: 
ALTER-EU

Big corporation are doing everything in their power to water down the EU's new regulation on data privacy as it threatens their commercial interests. On 19th June the European Parliament will decide how strong the regulation will be. Citizens will be key in pushing MEPs to vote in public interest.

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EU losing again in lobbying game

Publication date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Author: 
Craig Holman is a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, a Washington-based NGO. Koen Roovers, is co-ordinator of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU).

After an intense battle with lobbyists, the European Commission introduced a voluntary register in 2008. Strike one.In 2011 this register merged with the European Parliament's register into the joint Transparency Register, still voluntary. Strike two.At the moment this register is being reviewed..

Briefing on the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists

Publication date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Author: 
ALTER-EU

The Code of Conduct (CoC) for lobbyists, which registrants of the Joint Transparency Register (TR) sign up to, in its current form, is weak and vaguely worded. It also needs to be revised in light of the new CoC for MEPs, which was introduced on January 1st 2012 (the MEP CoC was introduced after the TR came into being (June 2011)). 

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ALTER-EU Briefing on the review process of the Transparency Register

Publication date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Author: 
ALTER-EU

Almost two years after the introduction of the Transparency Register, analysis by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) shows that the register does not live up to its name. What needs to be done?

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