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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 13/08/14 10:49:45
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: http://www.alter-eu.org/

Sections

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
BELGIUM
Telephone number: (+32) 02 8931062
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: 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

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 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 organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

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

Number of persons: 14
Complementary information: 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

Activities

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:

• 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)

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

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • General and Institutional Affairs

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 1
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • http://www.alter-eu.org/about/demands (221 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):
  • AUSTRIA
  • BELGIUM
  • CROATIA
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • DENMARK
  • ESTONIA
  • FINLAND
  • FRANCE
  • GERMANY
  • GREECE
  • HUNGARY
  • IRELAND
  • ITALY
  • LATVIA
  • LUXEMBOURG
  • MALTA
  • NETHERLANDS
  • POLAND
  • PORTUGAL
  • ROMANIA
  • SLOVAKIA
  • SPAIN
  • SWEDEN
  • UNITED KINGDOM

Complementary information: The work of ALTER-EU is supported by ALTER-EU asbl, an organisation with legal not for profit status registered under Belgian law, which looks for and administrates funding opportunities and provides administrative support to allow the Coalition to organise its activities.

Networking

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: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 206,240
of which public financing: 0
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 0
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 206,240
- donations: 0
- contributions from members: 158,240
Isvara Foundation : 48,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 150000  € - 200000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

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.