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New Commission must end corporate dominance of EU expert groups

(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). Expert groups (...)

Looking for real transparency – an open letter to the European Commission’s Chief Scientist

(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 (...)

No progress in reforming EU expert groups says Alter-EU

(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 (...)

Protect public interest research - not corporate welfare, organisations tell European Parliament

(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. open (...)

Secret cabal of lawyers make a killing from public services related investor-state disputes – Profiting from Injustice

(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 (...)

Action for more transparency at the European Parliament

(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 (...)

Danish Presidency stops push for greater transparency as Commission and large Member States refuse access

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 (...)

Ethical principles for EU civil servants developed by the EU Ombudsman

(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 2. Integrity 3. Objectivity 4. Respect for others 5. Transparency 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 (...)

Europe Inc. in crisis - the EU’s alliance with big business is a dead-end

(19 April 2012) 15 years ago Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) was established (1997). Its mission was to explore if and how corporate interests are capturing the Commission. It published a report Europe, Inc.: Dangerous Liaisons between EU Institutions and Industry. That report exposed the influence of industry lobbying on the new EU treaty being signed at that time. The powerful role of lobby groups such as the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) was exposed in promoting and (...)

Civil society organisations ask Commission to address revolving doors

(19 March 2012) EPSU, Alter-EU and several other organisations have addressed European Commissioner Šefčovič responsible for EU civil service to take measures to prevent revolving doors through which high ranking EU officials change to lucrative contracts in the private sector and use their former contacts to lobby for private business interests. The issue is part of the broader platform of Alter-EU to deal with corporate influence over EU public policy. EPSU is supporting the Alter-EU (...)

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