In Brussels, the political heart of the European Union, extreme corporate influence often distorts the political process, either blocking progress where it is sorely needed or leading to policies t
ALTER-EU's reacts to the collapse of negotiations to deliver mandatory EU lobby transparency.

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The Plenary of the European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of freezing part of the budget for the European Commission's expert groups until new rules are introduced to provide safeguards against their capture by special interests and to improve transparency.
This fifth newsletter carries news from the ALTER-EU network, with presentations of Combat Monsanto (FR, EN) and Earth Open Source, action alerts from 4 signatories, and an announcement for our assembly, on 13 and 14 October.
The Austrian 'Chamber of Labour' - supporter of ALTER-EU - has published a newsletter on lobbying in Europe that features many of the authors and themes of 'Bursting the Brussels Bubble', ALTER-EU's publication. Read it here.
Welcome to the fourth ALTER-EU newsletter, which includes introduction of two recently-joined members.
ALTER-EU believes that the code of conduct for MEPs that was approved by the Conference of Presidents today is an important step forward to avoid ethics scandals involving MEPs