After four years of campaigning, the European Commission finally released uncensored letters between Porsche and the Commission, following the threat of legal action by Friends of the Earth Europe and environmental lawyers ClientEarth. Their release reveals that Porsche tried to convince the Commission that uniform emissions limits on all car manufacturers would threaten their very existence. But it also shows the Commission will only act transparently when litigation looms – a symptom of entrenched secretiveness, obstructing citizens' rights to engage in the legislative process.
Brussels, April 19 - The European Commission has bowed to legal pressure and has finally fully disclosed letters that were sent by car company Porsche to former Enterprise Commissioner Verheugen in the period 2005-2007. The Commission has illegally withheld these letters for four years. It only decided to disclose them under the threat of court action by Friends of the Earth Europe and environmental lawyers ClientEarth.
The legal stick makes the Commission shift towards transparency
Brussels, April 11, 2011 - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has today written to the ten members of the European Parliament's new working group on ethics and transparency reforms following the 'cash-for-influence' scandal. 
The European Ombudsman closed his enquiry today into BusinessEurope's unrealistically low lobby budget in the Commission's transparency register, after achieving a friendly solution. As requested by the Ombudsman, the European Commission has agreed to inform Friends of the Earth Europe about its review of BusinessEurope's registration, and make its procedures for investigating complaints public.
Brussels, April 5 2011 - Belgian Green MEP Bart Staes and Friends of the Earth Europe are calling on the Belgian public prosecutor, Johan Delmulle, to start an official investigation into allegations of corruption in the European Parliament. Four members of the European Parliament were allegedly willing to accept money from lobby groups in return for filing amendments to legal proposals under the consideration of the Parliament. These allegations were published in the Sunday Times newspaper on March 20 and March 27.
Brussels, 21 March 2011 – An alliance of transparency campaigners today urged a root and branch overhaul of ethics rules for MEPs, following the revelations published in UK newspaper, the Sunday Times (20 March) exposing how three MEPs were prepared to accept payments in return for tabling amendments in the European Parliament .
Brussels – RWE (npower), Goldman Sachs and derivatives lobby group ISDA have been given the dubious honour of being named the Worst EU Lobbyists of 2010. The results of the dual climate and finance categories of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010  were revealed today during a ceremony outside the ISDA office in Brussels.
Brussels - More than 50,000 people signed an online Avaaz petition, delivered to the EU Commission today, urging it to close the revolving doors for ex-Commissioners who move on to lucrative private sector lobby jobs after they step down .
Last month MEPs voted to freeze part of the next year's EU budget for EU Commissioners unless changes were made to the code of conduct.
Delivered by Brussels-based transparency campaigners ALTER-EU, the petition demands a stronger code of conduct, including a three-year cooling off period preventing moves into lobbying jobs.
Business attempts to undermine effective European action on climate change and finance regulation are exposed today with the launch of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 . Corporate influence over governments is blocking desperately needed measures to stop the worsening of the financial and climate crises.
From today, members of the public can vote online at www.worstlobby.eu for the most deserving ‘winner’ in this year’s two categories – climate and finance. Online voting will run until 25 November 2010.
Brussels, July 9 – The European Ombudsman has this week (July 7) found the Commission guilty of maladministration for failing to disclose correspondence with carmaker Porsche about CO2 emissions cars following a complaint filed by Friends of the Earth Europe.