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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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.
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.