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Climate change 22-05-2019

Trade associations lag behind companies on climate action – report

More and more companies are transitioning to climate-friendly business practices. But a study by the British think tank InfluenceMap shows that trade associations representing them in Brussels are lagging behind. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Public Affairs 20-04-2011

MEPs back joint Parliament, Commission lobby register

Plans to establish a joint register of lobbyists for the European Parliament and the European Commission were yesterday (19 April) backed by the EU assembly's constitutional affairs committee. MEPs also called on the Council of Ministers to join Brussels' new 'transparency register'.
Energy 01-04-2011

Two injured in bomb attack on Swiss nuclear lobbyists

Two women were injured in a letter bomb explosion at the offices of the Swiss nuclear lobby group in the northern Swiss city of Olten yesteday (31 March), a few days after the government suspended its approval process for three new nuclear power stations in response to the disaster in Japan.
Brexit 18-02-2011

Wind and gas lobbyists scuffle over green claims

The head of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has blown cold air on gas lobby claims that Europe could save €900 billion and still hit its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets if it built more gas plants fitted with controversial carbon capture and storage technology.
Public Affairs 14-10-2010

Public to vote for ‘worst EU lobbyists’

The European public was yesterday (13 October) invited to nominate the 'worst EU lobbyist' of 2010 in a contest that organisers hope will encourage policymakers to defend public rather than corporate interests. 
Public Affairs 28-05-2010

UK coalition to mimic EU lobby register

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government in the UK is planning to introduce a register of lobbyists similar to that being discussed by the EU institutions, in an attempt to restore trust in politics following an expenses scandal that hit parliament last year.  
Public Affairs 27-04-2010

EU transparency talks to resume next month

Talks between MEPs and the European Commission on improving the transparency of EU decision-making will resume on 6 May, European Parliament Vice-President Isabelle Durant announced yesterday (26 April). Meanwhile transparency groups called for the establishment of a mandatory lobby register common to all EU institutions by 2014. 
Public Affairs 22-04-2010

Top European companies ‘lobbying in secret’, says NGO

The European Union's fifty largest companies continue to hide behind trade groups to do their lobbying despite recent attempts by the European Commission to improve the transparency of EU decision-making, according to a new report to be released today (22 April).  
Public Affairs 29-10-2009

New EU lobbying rules to cover national embassies

Participants in the European Commission’s lobby register should declare expenditure on lobbying Council presidencies and permanent representations of EU member states, the EU executive said yesterday (28 October), presenting tighter financial disclosure requirements as part of a wide-ranging review of the scheme. But transparency campaigners criticised the revision for failing to fix "fundamental flaws".
Public Affairs 10-09-2009

Law firms, think-tanks ‘boycotting’ lobby register: Kallas

Not enough law firms or think-tanks have signed up to the European Commission’s lobby register, Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas said on Tuesday (8 September).
Public Affairs 10-09-2009

EU states mull greater transparency in Brussels

The Council of Ministers, which represents the 27 governments of the EU, will take on a more active role in making its activities in Brussels more transparent for the general public, it emerged this week (8 September).
Public Affairs 03-09-2009

Low expectations for autumn lobby transparency review

Lobby transparency is unlikely to be a priority for the Swedish EU Presidency given that the appointment of a new European Commission and ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will have to be dealt with under Stockholm's watch, the executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, Tom Spencer, told EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 22-07-2009

Chemicals group suspended from EU lobby register

Cefic, the association representing the EU chemicals industry, was this week (20 July) temporaily suspended from the European Commission's voluntary lobbyists' register for allegedly failing to accurately document its expenditure on interest representation.
Public Affairs 23-06-2009

Commission ‘satisfied’ with lobby transparency progress

The European Commission yesterday (22 June) declared the first year of its lobby register a success ahead of an internal review next month. But officials admitted that more bodies would have to sign up for the scheme to paint a "full picture" of lobbying in Brussels.
Public Affairs 22-06-2009

PA firms hail EU lobby transparency ‘success’

Brussels-based public affairs consultancies are hailing the European Commission's lobbyists register as a success as the scheme approaches its first birthday. But transparency groups still believe a mandatory system would be more effective.
Public Affairs 08-06-2009

Commission hints at July changes to lobby register

The European Commission last week (4 June) hinted at possible changes to its lobbyists register ahead of a review in July. The development comes as the register is set to celebrate its first birthday.
Public Affairs 04-05-2009

Associations seek opportunities from crisis

Membership of industry associations can help business to emerge from the economic crisis, argued participants at a conference in Brussels last week (29 April).
Public Affairs 27-04-2009

Greens slam lobbying transparency ‘PR exercise’

Green MEPs have described last week's announcement by the EU institutions that they had reached agreement on a common lobby register as no more than a "poorly-disguised public relations exercise" ahead of the European elections. The claims were utterly refuted by the European Commission.
Public Affairs 23-04-2009

EU institutions edge closer to common lobby register

Plans to create a single lobby register for the EU executive and the European Parliament gained momentum yesterday (22 April) after representatives of both institutions agreed common guidelines and a code of conduct. But transparency campaigners labelled the proposals "very disappointing".
Public Affairs 20-04-2009

Lobby transparency spotlight falls on think-tanks

More think-tanks should sign up to the European Commission's voluntary lobbyists register, Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas said last week (17 April), arguing that they play a clear role in the EU policymaking process. His claims were angrily refuted by think-tank representatives.
Public Affairs 20-04-2009

EU lobby register ‘will never be mandatory’

The voluntary lobbyists register introduced by the European Commission last year has been effective enough not to require a mandatory approach, Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas said last week (17 April).
Public Affairs 23-03-2009

Kallas expects Swedish progress on EU lobby rules

Sweden's "strong stated commitment" to transparency presents a good opportunity for the Council to review its "so far hesitant attitude" to the EU executive's lobbyists register during the country's upcoming EU presidency, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas told public affairs professionals last week, revealing that he had written to the Swedes to urge progress towards a register common to all three institutions.
Public Affairs 28-01-2009

Single EU lobbyists’ register faces further delays

German Socialist MEP Jo Leinen yesterday (27 January) expressed optimism that a lobbyists' register common to the European Parliament and the EU executive can be drawn up. But it may have to wait until after European elections in June, he cautioned.
Public Affairs 07-11-2008

Khodorkovsky’s lawyer attacks European energy firms

The legal representative of imprisoned former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has called for a formal investigation into the role allegedly played by European energy firms in undermining the rule of law in Russia.

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