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Profile of registrant

Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation

Identification number in the register: 2694372574-63
Registration date: 29/10/08 14:50:22

The information on this organisation was last modified on 04/04/14 12:37:36
The date of the last annual update was 02/10/13 09:04:25

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation
Acronym: ALTER-EU
Legal status: None
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  Erik Wesselius
Position: Member of the Steering Committee

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Erik Wesselius
Position: Member of the Steering Committee

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 26 Rue d'Edimbourg 
Brussels 1050
Telephone number: (+32) 02 8931062
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Members of ALTER-EU's Steering Committee (April 2014):
- Paul de Clerck (Friends of the Earth Europe)
- Helen Darbishire (Access Info Europe)
- William Dinan (Spinwatch)
- Yuklan Wong (European Federation of Journalists)
- Nina Katzemich (LobbyControl)
- Jorgo Riss (Greenpeace European Unit)
- Olivier Hoedeman (Corporate Europe Observatory)

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) is a coalition of over 200 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms 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 organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

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

Number of persons: 15
Complementary information: On behalf of ALTER-EU the persons listed below have had, during the year 2012, 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)
- Yiorgos Vassalos (Corporate Europe Observatory)
- Erik Wesselius (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)
- Timo Lange (LobbyControl)
- Uli Müller (LobbyControl)
- Marc Gruber (European Federation of Journalists)

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:

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:
• Agreement between the European Parliament and the European Commission on the establishment of a transparency register for organisations and self-employed individuals engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation (2010/2291(ACI))
• Code of Conduct for European Commissioners (C(2011) 2904)
• 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)

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

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • General and Institutional Affairs


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 1
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • (221 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information: ALTER-EU is supported by the following academics:

Arthur Mitzman
Emeritus Professor of History, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

David Miller
Professor of Sociology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dr David Cromwell
University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Dr Justin Kenrick
Dept of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dr. Wolfgang Blaas
Associate Professor of Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Euro Info Centre Network
European-wide network

Eveline Lubbers
PhD student, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Geert Reuten
Associate professor of political economy, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Granville Williams
Senior Lecturer in Media and Journalism, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Jan Aart Scholte
Professorial research fellow at the 'Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation', University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Les Levidow
Centre for Technology Strategy, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Louis Esparza
Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles

Maximiliano Lorenzi
Lecturer in Politics of the European Union, Faculty of Engineering, University of Firenze, Italy

Niall Meehan
Journalism & Media Faculty Head, Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland

Otto Holman
Reader in International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Peter Grottian
Professor for Political Science, Free University Berlin, Germany

Prof. Armando Fernández Steinko
Departamento de Sociología, Facultad de CC. Políticas y Sociología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Prof. Dr. Peter H. Mettler
University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden, Germany

Prof. James Curran
Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom
Prof. Niels I. Meyer
Technical University of Denmark. Lyngby, Denmark

Stephen Marriott
lecturer, Central College of Commerce, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Tilak Ginige
Lecturer in Law, UWIC Business School, Wales, United Kingdom


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

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 212,378
of which public financing: 0
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 0
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 212,378
- donations: 0
- contributions from members: 212,378
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 200000  € - 250000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

ALTER-EU is a coalition of organisations, and has no staff of its own, save a coalition coordinator. The organisational budget was administered by a steering committee member and covered salary costs and office expenses of the coordinator in 2012 (45.100 Euro in total).

Lobbying expenditures where 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 212.378 Euro in 2012 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:

- Access Info Europe: 5.167 Euro
- Corporate Europe Observatory: 113.146 Euro
- Friends of the Earth Europe: 28.735 Euro
- Greenpeace European Unit: 10.000 Euro
- LobbyControl: 43.000 Euro
- Spinwatch: 8.485 Euro
- Health Action International (HAI): 3.845 Euro (HAI stepped down from the steering committee as per 1 November 2012)

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).

Code of conduct

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