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Profile of registrant


Identification number in the register: 3832920956-65
Registration date: 13/01/09 14:47:26

The information on this organisation was last modified on 08/01/14 13:04:44
The date of the last annual update was 08/01/14 13:04:44

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Altroconsumo
Acronym: AC
Legal status: Non profit and private association
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Paolo Martinello
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Luisa Crisigiovanni
Position: Direttore

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 22 via Valassina 
Milano 20159
Telephone number: (+02) 668901
Fax number: (+02) 66890288
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: ALTROCONSUMO promotes and protects the basic interest and rights of consumers, as regards health and safety, the protection of economic interests, the right to redress, the right to be informed, the right to consumer education, the right to be represented and heard, the right to a healthy environment.

ALTROCONSUMO takes action on two fronts: on the one hand information and assistance to consumers through our magazines and services, and on the other by representing consumers with local, national and international institutions and collective information spread through the media.

Our main way of action to protect consumers is to inform and educate them. We do this by means of our publications that carry the results of product comparison tests, wide coverage on surveys, concrete and useful advice to single out the best quality versus price ratio and the most profitable opportunities for consumers, thereby enabling the latter to be in a position to choose, negotiate, avoid mistakes or swindles and to protect themselves.

ALTROCONSUMO wants the voice of consumers to be heard by national and international institutions responsible for the decisions made on issues regarding aspects of the consumer’s daily life and actively takes part in a great number of hearings, meetings and committees, both Italian and international, dealing with consumer problems.
Through press releases, press conferences, TV and radio programs, our activity is publicised with the general public. Mass media are often a useful ally in making people aware, on a local, domestic and international level.

ALTROCONSUMO is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. ALTROCONSUMO believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our lobbying expenses, and a list of those who, on behalf of ALTROCONSUMO, carry out activities with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU ( which can be accessed at:
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 6
Complementary information: On behalf of ALTROCONSUMO, the persons listed below have spent, during the last 12 months 20 percent or more of their working time on lobbying activities for ALTROCONSUMO:

Paolo Martinello
Altroconsumo President

Luisa Crisigiovanni
(Altroconsumo Director) Horizontal, economic and legal issues

Marco Pierani
(Head of Altroconsumo Public Affairs) Telecommunications Legal and competition issues, Intellectual property and content online issues

Maria Grazia Bellini
Safety, Financial issues, legal issues

Maria Luisa Villa
Energy, sustainability, environment, food, health, ecolabel

Silvia Castronovi
Financial issues, legal issues

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Altroconsumo is member of several international organizations, such as Consumers International, and is represented since 1978 in BEUC, the European Consumer Association Organization, that guarantees each association privileged lines of communication with EU institutions.

We actively participate at BEUC activities and take part in a great number of hearings, meetings and committees with MEP’s and EU Commissioners dealing with consumer problems.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Taxation
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport


Total number of members that are natural persons: 350,000
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

On an international level, Altroconsumo is a member of BEUC (European Bureau of Consumer Organizations) and of
Euroconsumers the European group composed by independent consumers association in several countries: Test-Achats (Belgium), DECO (Portugal), OCU (Spain).

Altroconsumo is an active member of Consumers International (a worldwide organization of consumer associations) and thanks to the ICRT (International Consumers Testing & Research) membership, many Altroconsumo tests are performed in collaboration with independent consumer associations in other European countries.

Our aim, in close collaboration with these consumer organisations, is to reinforce consumerism and to get the voice of European consumers heard at world level.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 525,797,781
of which public financing: 34,677,393
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 34,677,393
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 491,120,388
- donations:
- contributions from members: 488,244,448
Bank interests and exceptional income : 282,668
Reimbursement for participation to conference or conciliations : 2,593,272
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Altroconsumo's expenses for interest representation activities were calculated according to guidelines agreed by the civil society contact group:
Altroconsumo would also like to underline that the amounts indicated under the heading "public funding" is linked to reimbursement of direct expenses.
This part is not to be considered as a source of income.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.