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rini hartman on Wed, 18 May 2005 20:24:11 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] Fwd: [CEO] sign on to the civil society call for"Ending corporate privileges and secrecy around lobbying inthe European Union"


Lobbying to Preserve Secrecy in Brussels - a Who's Who

Commissioner Kallas' announcement in March 2005 that a 'European
Transparency
Initiative' is on the way has sparked intense lobbying by interest
groups representing
professional lobbyists in Brussels. These lobbyists-for-hire are
particularly upset by
the proposal to introduce transparency obligations that would require
them to
disclose which issues they lobby on, for which clients and with what
budget. An
update on the offensive for preserving secrecy around lobbying is online
at:
http://www.corporateeurope.org/lobbycracy/who-is-who.html

Sign on to the civil society call for "Ending corporate privileges and
secrecy around
lobbying in the European Union"

Over 80 civil society groups from around Europe have already signed on to
the call
for "Ending corporate privileges and secrecy around lobbying in the
European
Union", the founding statement of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
and Ethics
Regulation (ALTER-EU). The statement welcomes the 'European Transparency
Initiative' (ETI), but stresses that the ETI must include a mandatory
system for
lobbying disclosure in order to enable democratic scrutiny of the role of
lobbyists in
EU policy-making. The statement, which will be officially launched in
early June, is
online at: http://www.corporateeurope.org/alter-eu.html
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