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.
Update: In December the European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee approved the rules with a majority of 11-10

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In November, the College of Commissioners quietly adopted the long-awaited revision of the ‘Horizontal Rules on Expert Groups’. The new rules do not include any safeguards against corporate capture of expert groups, whereas more than 100 of the existing groups are dominated by big business. They also limit the scope for transparency.
2011/01/10
Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration European Commission
2010/12/07
Letter asking Commissioner Barnier to end the domination of banks, insurance and funds in expert groups advising the Commission on the financial reform
2010/11/02
The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry regarding expert groups transparency and balanced composition
2010/11/04
More than 50,000 people signed an online Avaaz petition urging the EU Commission to close the revolving doors for ex-Commissioners who move on to lucrative private sector lobby jobs after they step down.
2010/11/09

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