(22 October 2014) The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of freezing the budgets of the Commission’s problematic Expert Groups, 22 October. This is the second time that MEPs have taken drastic action in four years. It was a demand of EPSU and a large group of unions and social action groups. It is part of the work of EPSU to demand more transparency and balance in how the European Commission works with expert groups. EPSU also made representations to the European Ombudsman on (...)
(26 September 2014) Civil Society organisations and trade unions (national and European) have sent a letter to Members of the European Parliament demanding another freeze of the budget of expert groups.
Sunday 31st August saw the close of the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on the topic of advisory groups, formally known as ’Expert Groups’. It is part of Ombudsman O’Reilly’s first Own Initiative Inquiry on the topic, and one that all the signatories of this letter have contributed (...)
(Brussels 29 August 2014) New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker needs to tackle the persistent over-representation of corporate interests in European Commission ‘expert groups’ warn trade unions and transparency organisations. These organisations (ETUC, EPSU, UNI & CEO) have highlighted this fundamental issue with the EU’s advisory groups in response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on the topic that closed yesterday (see document below).
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(21 October 2013) EPSU is part of the Alter-EU coalition that strives for more transparency of lobbying in EU policy. The below is another incredible story of how the EU institutions are captured by corporate interests that seek to weaken EU regulation that protects EU citizens, workers and the environment. CEO has recorded many of such instances that also confront EPSU and public service workers for example in energy policy expert groups or the Good Tax governance platform, which are (...)
(11 March 2013) A new report (see below) of Alter-EU, the European network that strives towards more transparency of EU decision-making and of which EPSU is a member, shows that the Commission has done very little to reform its system of expert groups.
The European Parliament has asked the Commission to reform its expert groups and ensure that their composition is more balanced. The European Parliament even imposed a budget constraint on the expert groups in November 2011. It wanted the (...)
(27 February 2013) In an open letter sent to Members of the European Parliament and Member States of the EU, 20 organisations such as EPSU request that the €10 billion budget cut foreseen to the EU’ 2014-2020 Research budget (called Horizon 2020) only affect industry subsidies that will mainly go to large multinational companies, not public interest research which is vital for Europe’s future.
(5 December 2012) The European Union is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with Canada (CETA), The negotiators are considering the inclusion of so-called arbitration mechanisms in the case of investor state disputes. This would allow private companies to pursue a government in case a democratic majority seeks to re-negotiate or cancel an unfair contract as in the case of Bechtel against the Bolivian government. Due to large protest across the world and with the support of PSI (...)
(5 September 2012) A joint letter by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK), Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) and the European Public Services Union (EPSU) was sent on September 4 to Members of the European Parliament in the Budget Committee.
The European Commission is intending to modify the composition of the expert Committees. In July a report was published showing the actual composition and how business run (...)
The European Parliament favours greater access to information of the European institutions. This allows citizens to follow debates and discussions and prevents that policies are prepared and decided behind closed doors. More transparency will also prevent that resourceful business lobbies will capture EU decision making. Organisations arguing for more transparency and comparable to the access that exist in other countries such as Sweden have also been promoting changes to EU laws to allow (...)
(20 June 2012) The 5 public service principles that should guide the behaviour of EU civil servants are:
1. Commitment to the European Union and its citizens
4. Respect for others
The public service principles are available in the 23 EU languages at: www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/resources/publicserviceprinciples.faces
The European Ombudsman is P. Nikiforos Diamandouros. The principles were the result of a broad consultation and discussion (...)