Brussels, Monday 20 October - Business lobby groups, MEPs and Commission officials are all under scrutiny in the shortlist for this year's Worst EU Lobbying Awards, published today (Monday 20th October).
Members of the public are now invited to vote for the most deceptive lobbying and the most biased decision-makers at www.worstlobby.eu to select the Worst EU Lobby of 2008 and the Worst Conflict of Interest 2008.
Brussels, 6 October 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe has today deplored the miserable record of outgoing EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.
Peter Mandelson, Member of the Barroso Commission since 2004 in charge of the external trade portfolio, announced on Friday he was leaving the post to take up a ministerial position in his home country the United Kingdom.
Brussels, 22 September 2008 - Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and WWF have heavily criticized the outcome of today's vote by the European Parliament's industry (ITRE) committee on 'effort sharing' .
Brussels, 18 July 2008 - Today, European civil society organisations and social movement members of the Seattle to Brussels Network have expressed deep concern about the EU's position in the run-up to the upcoming WTO Mini-Ministerial meeting in Geneva.
Nominations are now open for the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2008, which this year includes a new category for the Worst Conflict of Interest in the EU.
The Worst EU Lobbying Awards are an important feature on the Brussels' calendar, putting the spotlight on the activities of lobbyists behind closed doors which ultimately undermine democratic decision-making.
Brussels, 23 June 2008 - The voluntary EU lobby register launched today by the Commission is weak and unbalanced, said the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency (ALTER-EU).
"The Commission started off over three years ago with worthy ideas for an EU lobby register, but the end product is proof that commercial lobbyists have excessive influence in Brussels. We sincerely hope the Commission's flawed register will quickly be replaced by a better one that ensures real transparency," said Jorgo Riss of ALTER-EU.
Brussels, 3 June 2008 - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) has today written to Commission President Barroso urging him "to intervene and ensure that the Commission's new register for lobbyists will deliver transparency". The appeal by the transparency coalition comes after the Commission's announcement that the long-awaited voluntary register will not include meaningful financial information nor names of lobbyists.
Brussels (Belgium)/Lima (Peru), 13 May 2008 - Environmental and human rights violations committed by European companies in Latin America are being examined at a people's tribunal in Lima, Peru this week (13-16 May).
Brussels, May 8 - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) welcomes the European Parliament's approval today of the report on "Framework for the activities of lobbyists in the EU institutions". The report sends a strong message to the European Commission by calling for a mandatory register, including lobbyists names, their clients or funders and financial disclosure on registered lobbying activities.
Brussels, May 6 - MEPs are being urged to strengthen a key resolution on lobbying transparency when it comes before the Parliament on Thursday 8 May or risk leaving large areas of lobbying activity unchecked.