Brussels, 25 March 2008 - Industry lobbyists are dominating parts of the European law-making process, campaigners warned today on the back of a new report analysing the membership of a number of Commission Expert Groups. Researchers also warn that the European Commission is impeding public accountability, by failing to reveal details of who sits on the Groups.
Brussels, 4 December - German car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Porsche were disgraced today when they were named winners of a public poll for the 'Worst EU Lobbying' Award 2007. The German Atomic Forum was also named and shamed with a special prize for 'Worst EU Greenwash' at a ceremony in Brussels  hosted by the award organisers Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and SpinWatch.
Brussels, 30 November - Friends of the Earth Europe today submitted a complaint to the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association (EPACA), accusing well-known lobbyist David Earnshaw of a conflict of interest between his work lobbying for pharmaceutical clients and his role as an "independent expert" advising the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee.  EPACA's Code of Conduct requires public affairs practitioners to avoid any conflicts of interest.
Brussels, June 1 2006 - Today, Friends of the Earth Europe launched their new report "Transparency in EU decision making: reality or myth?". The report analyses current codes of conduct for lobbyists and EU officials and reveals a worrying lack of transparency in several key areas.
Brussels, 6 November - Online voting began today for the second annual "Worst EU Lobby Awards", organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch . The nominations reveal five "true masters of spin and manipulation" and five "not-so-neutral EU officials".
BRUSSELS, 3 May 2006 - The Commission's proposals for the new European Transparency Initiative (ETI) fail to deliver transparency around the role of lobbying in EU decision-making and will not improve public trust in the EU institutions, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) charged today. ALTER-EU will continue to push for a meaningful transparency system during the consultation period which begins with this Green Paper, and urges the Commission to make more effective proposals soon.
Brussels, March 21st - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) welcomes the European Commission's second Communication on the European Transparency Initiative as an important step in the right direction. But given the global relevance of the EU and the influence of organised lobby groups on EU policies, the voluntary approach favoured by the Commission is too weak and too limited.