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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Commission replies to earlier ALTER-EU letter expressing concerns about the shortcomings of the new code of conduct for EU Commissioners.
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) will today give evidence to a senior group of MEPs at a hearing(1) in the European Parliament. "A large number of Members of the European Parliament combine their position as an MEP with paid side-jobs that involve lobbying and raise 'conflict of interest' questions."
ALTER-EU welcomes the initiative to draft a statement of public service principles for EU civil servants. We agree that such a set of principles could help “promote good administration and make maladministration less likely to occur.”
The new lobby transparency register agreed today is a small step forward, ALTER-EU said today, but further steps are needed to make the new register effective and reliable.
Instead of introducing a clear cooling-off period of several years, the Commission decided on a notification period of only 18 months [...]. The new Code mentions a ban on lobbying [...], but unfortunately this appears to be insufficient to avoid conflicts of interest. The Code only covers issues falling within the ex-Commissioner's own portfolio.