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In Dutch: 09.06.10 VILT: "NGOs geloven niet in label voor verantwoorde soja". http://www.vilt.be/Ngos_geloven_niet_in_label_voor_verantwoorde_soja This article includes a response from Belgian animal feed association BEMEFA, incorrectly claiming that RTRS soy will not be grown on recently deforested land, whereas the criteria do tolerate 'responsible' soy to be grown on recently deforested land. 14.06.10 Certificaat voor 'duurzame soja' vastgesteld http://www.oneworld.nl/index.php?articleId=25790&articleType=UitDeMedia&... 17.06.10 "Bestaat er maatschappelijk verantwoorde soja?" by Luc Vankrunkelsven, Wervel http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikels/2010/06/16/bestaat-er-maatschappel...
 

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There are daily meetings between the financial lobby and the Commission, and they’re mainly about issues crucial to society at large. Despite this, the public is only able to access piecemeal information on what is discussed, and even then with unacceptable delays. Given the huge impact the financial sector has had on society, keeping this lobbying behind closed doors is deeply problematic. Transparency reform is needed.
Multi-sectoral civil society coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
NGOs have today responded to the Commission's reply to the European Ombudsman's recommendations on how to better handle revolving door cases within the Commission. In particular, they echo the demand for more transparency.
The European Commission directorate-general at the heart of the 'cash for influence' claims by UK MP Jack Straw (TAXUD - taxation and customs union), has now released to Corporate Europe Observatory information showing its lobby contacts in 2013 with the now disgraced ex-minister. The documents illustrate how Straw tried to use his influential name and impressive CV to help open lobby doors. They also expose the loopholes in EU lobby rules.

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