Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation
III - Non-governmental organisations
Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar
Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
Mr Paul De Clerck
Member of the Steering Committee
Mr Erik Wesselius
Member of the Steering Committee
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) is a coalition of over 200 civil society groups and trade unions concerned with the increasing influence exerted by corporate lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe, the resulting loss of democracy in EU decision-making and the postponement, weakening, or blockage even, of urgently needed progress on social, environmental and consumer-protection reforms
ALTER-EU is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. ALTER-EU 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 expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of ALTER-EU, carry out such activities.
Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines on http://www.alter-eu.org/sites/default/files/documents/2012_ALTER-EU_CSCG_guidelines_Transparency_Register.pdf
The full list of ALTER-EU members is available here: http://www.alter-eu.org/about/demands
The main objective of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU is to promote transparency of the EU decision-making process and effective ethics regulations for EU decision-makers.
The dossiers in which we engaged regarding transparency and ethics regulation include:
• 2014/2010(ACI) Inter-Institutional Agreement on the Transparency Register
• Report on the modification of the inter-institutional agreement on the Transparency Register (2014/2010(ACI))/ Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri
• Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament with respect to financial interests and conflicts of interest (2011/2174(REG))
• Review of the Staff Regulations (COM(2011)0890 – C7-0507/2011 – 2011/0455(COD))
• Framework for Commission’s expert groups:
Horizontal Rules and Public Register (C(2005)2817)
Intergroup on integrity, transparency, corruption and organised crime (ITCO). ALTER-EU is NOT a member of this intergroup.
On behalf of ALTER-EU the persons listed below have had, during the year 2014, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 20 percent or more of their working time on behalf of ALTER-EU carrying out such activities:
- Max Bank (LobbyControl)
- Pam Bartlett-Quintillana (AccessInfo)
- Vicky Cann (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Natacha Cingotti (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- Paul de Clerck (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- William Dinan (Spinwatch)
- Fabian Fluess (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- Olivier Hoedeman (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Jorgo Riss (Greenpeace European Unit)
- Pascoe Sabido (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Erik Wesselius (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Nicola Freeman (ALTER-EU Coordinator)
|No accredited persons|
01/2014 - 01/2015
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU, we have calculated that in 2014 ALTER-EU spent €8,100 on activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions. In addition, the organisations represented in the steering committee contributed in kind staff time spent on activities on behalf of ALTER-EU and covered by the EU Transparency Register:
- AccessInfo €26,100
- Corporate Europe Observatory €87,900
- Friends of the Earth Europe €26,000
- Greenpeace €10,000
- LobbyControl €33,100
- SpinWatch €3,500
Total in kind contributions: €186,500
Please note that the organisations in the ALTER-EU Steering Committee have all registered individually. The in kind contributions listed here are included in the total costs attributable to activities covered by the Register as declared in the individual registrations.
The role of the ALTER-EU coalition coordinator is largely focused on administration and coalition support and outreach tasks, but does include a small amount of external advocacy work (15%), with costs estimated at €8,100 for 2014.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.