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Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation

Identification number in the register: 2694372574-63
Registration date: 29/10/2008 14:50:22

The information on this entity was last modified on: 16/10/2014 10:34:01
The date of the last annual update was: 16/10/2014 10:34:01

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation



    Section of registration

III - Non-governmental organisations

Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

    Contact details

Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
Brussels 1050

(+32) 02 8931062


Members of ALTER-EU's Steering Committee (June 2014):
- Paul de Clerck (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- Helen Darbishire (Access Info Europe)
- William Dinan (Spinwatch)
- Yuklan Wong (European Federation of Journalists)
- Max Bank (LobbyControl)
- Jorgo Riss (Greenpeace European Unit)
- Erik Wesselius (Corporate Europe Observatory)

ALTER-EU Coalition Coordinator: Nicola Freeman

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Erik Wesselius

Member of the Steering Committee

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Erik Wesselius

Member of the Steering Committee

    Goals / remit

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

The full list of ALTER-EU members is available here:



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)

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above


On behalf of ALTER-EU the persons listed below have had, during the year 2013, 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:

- Vicky Cann (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Olivier Hoedeman (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Pascoe Sabido (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Erik Wesselius (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Rachel Tansey (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Natacha Cingotti (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- Paul de Clerck (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- Jorgo Riss (Greenpeace European Unit)
- William Dinan (Spinwatch)
- Nina Katzemich (LobbyControl)
- Max Bank (LobbyControl)
- Timo Lange (LobbyControl)
- Uli Müller (LobbyControl)

- Koen Roovers (ALTER-EU Coordinator January-August 2013)
- Nicola Freeman (ALTER-EU Coordinator November-December 2013)

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

  • General and Institutional Affairs

    Membership and affiliation



    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

206,240 €

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0 €

206,240 €

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158,240 €

48,000 €

150,000  € - 200,000  €

ALTER-EU is a coalition of organisations, and has no staff of its own, except for a coalition coordinator and occasional interns. The organisational budget was administered by a steering committee member and covered salary costs and office expenses of the coordinator in 2013 (a grant of 48,000 from the Isvara Foundation).

Lobbying expenditures were covered by voluntary contributions by the members of the Steering Committee and other members of the coalition. Our members contribute in kind (staff time) and share the costs for specific activities (rent of venues, cost of adverts and publications).

Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU, we have calculated that ALTER-EU spent an estimated 158,240 Euro in 2013 on activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions. The estimated contributions from each of the organisations represented in the steering committee was:

- AccessInfo €7192
- Corporate Europe Observatory €73,500
- Friends of the Earth Europe €20,292
- Greenpeace €10,000
- LobbyControl €42,714
- SpinWatch €4542

Please note that the above-mentioned organisations have also registered individually and reported in detail about their lobbying expenses (including the amounts declared above for ALTER-EU lobbying activities).

The role of the ALTER-EU coalition coordinator is largely focussed on administration and coalition support and outreach tasks, but does include a small amount of external advocacy work, with costs estimated at €8,884 for 2013.

    Code of conduct

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