29 May 2009

Prague, May 29 – Today, environmental organisations Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Sortir du nucléaire formally ended their participation in the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) at a meeting in Prague hosted by the Czech and Slovak governments and backed by the European Commission. The environmental groups accuse the nuclear industry-dominated body of stifling critical voices and ignoring the concerns of civil society.

29 April 2009

Brussels, April 29 - A Europe-wide campaign launched in Brussels today is challenging candidates in June's European Parliament elections to show their support for a European Union that puts public interests before private profits.

At www.electioncampaign.eu voters from all 27 EU member states can 'pin down' MEP candidates by asking them where they stand on issues including lobbying transparency, big business accountability, trade, and financial market regulation.

23 April 2009

Brussels, 23 April 2009 – A shared transparency register and code of conduct for lobbyists proposed
by the European Parliament and Commission [1] will fail to shed more light on lobbying in Brussels transparency campaigners warned today.

The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) welcomes the principle of a joint register but believes the proposal unveiled yesterday is seriously flawed and means EU citizens will have to wait longer for credible and meaningful lobbying transparency.

25 February 2009

Brussels, 25 February – European leaders handling the economic downturn are relying on the advice of a committee dominated by financial industry insiders implicated in the current crisis, says a new report.

'Would You Bank on Them?' examines the track records of members of the EU's High Level Group of financial "wise men", who are charged with helping to frame Europe's response to the meltdown in the financial sector. The group, named after its chairman Jacques de Larosière, is expected to deliver its proposals for reform of the financial system to the Commission today.

12 February 2009

Brussels, February 12, 2009 – Groups set up to advise the European Commission on controversial issues are unbalanced and undemocratic, warn environmental campaigners in a new report published today. [1]

The composition of most High Level Groups established by the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) Enterprise and Industry is skewed in favour of industry interests, and their recommendations and conclusions are geared towards improving the competitiveness of European business at the expense of other public interests, the research by Friends of the Earth Europe concludes.

23 January 2009

Brussels, 23 January - In the run-up to the 6th round of negotiations between the EU and Central America which will take place in Brussels next week, European civil society networks Oxfam International, Aprodev, Friends of the Earth Europe, CIFCA, FIDH, Fian International, CIDSE, and Grupo Sur, yesterday reiterated a number of concerns about the negotiations in a letter directed to the Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the Commissioner for Trade, Catherine Asthon.

9 December 2008

Brussels, 9 December -- The winners of the 2008 Worst EU Lobbying Awards have been revealed at a ceremony in Brussels today, despite a last minute attempt to gag the organisers with legal action from one of the candidates. More than 8500 people took part in the online public vote [1].

14 November 2008

Brussels, 14 November 2008 - Transparency campaigners have today written to the Bureau of the European Parliament urging it to use its meeting today to enforce a previous decision to ask the European Business and Parliament Scheme (EBPS) to vacate its offices inside the European Parliament building [1].

28 October 2008

Pictures of the ceremony available from: http://www.alexandreseron.be/ - credit: alexandreseron.be

Brussels, 28 October - Seattle to Brussels network campaigners [1] today (Tuesday 28th October) called on Trade Commissioner Baroness Ashton to end the unholy alliance between DG Trade and business lobby group BusinessEurope with a mock wedding celebration outside BusinessEurope's Going Global conference event.

20 October 2008

Brussels/London, 20 October 2008 - African countries will be locked into an economic model based on the export of raw materials that could have a devastating impact on forests and wildlife, if new EU trade deals shaped by former Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson are signed - according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland today [1].


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