For years, ALTER-EU has been drawing attention to the excessive influence that big corporations enjoy over EU policy-making, resulting in decisions which put profits ahead of people and the planet.
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

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[T]he Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launches [...] a major campaign to address the problem of the revolving door between the EU institutions and the lobby industry in Brussels.
Too few checks are being made on ex-Commission officials who move into jobs in the lobby industry, resulting in abuses of power, according to a new report published today (Thursday 24 November) by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU).
Transparency campaigners today welcomed the vote of the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) on the proposed Code of Conduct for MEPs [1], but warned that an important loophole on the definition of gifts risks undermining the core of the proposals.
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.