23 September 2014

A ruling by the European Ombudsman today that the European Commission should make its processes on revolving doors cases 'more robust' to avoid conflicts of interest, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Greenpeace, LobbyControl and SpinWatch.

26 May 2014

More than 1330 MEP candidates signed the Politics for People pledge in the run up to the European Parliament election.

They promised, if elected, to ''stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business." This support makes Politics for People one of the most successful civil society pledge campaigns around the 2014 European parliament elections.

14 May 2014

The European Business Summit kicks off today in Brussels – a two-day, €890-per-ticket gathering of industry executives and EU policy makers.

13 May 2014

Three years after the cash-for-amendments scandal, the lack of enforcement of the European Parliament ethics rules leaves the integrity and the credibility of the Parliament at risk, warned transparency campaigners today.

15 April 2014

Today, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member, together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe, launched their campaign to urge candidates for the upcoming European elections to "stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business". [1]

19 March 2014

Concerted lobbying from Europe's dirtiest industries has resulted in the gutting of EU climate and energy proposals, it has emerged today.

12 March 2014

At the mid-way point of a week of trade talks between the EU and US, big business lobby groups are continuing to gain privileged access to negotiators.

Friends of the Earth Europe has learned today that the EU and US chief negotiators, as well as their respective negotiating teams, will attend a private reception in Brussels this evening hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and attended by major European business lobby groups such as BusinessEurope. [1]

28 January 2014

Friends of the Earth Europe has today criticized the close public ties between the European Commission and big business, as senior EU representatives were out in force for a conference of lobby group BusinessEurope.

EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso gave the opening speech at the BusinessEurope 'Industry Matters' event dedicated to industrial policy, energy and trade. Commissioners de Gucht, Tajani and Oettinger are also giving keynote speeches at the event.

27 January 2014

Transparency campaigners cannot find a single area of "good progress" made by the review group to improve the EU's lobby register, according to a scorecard published today by The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), which includes Friends of the Earth Europe. The scorecard assesses the outcome of the recent EU Transparency Register review process against ALTER-EU's own recommendations for reform. The assessment has been made after receiving leaked copies of the final outcome of the review process.

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