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Brussels is home to one of the highest concentrations of political power in the world and the revolving door is one of the most important ways in which lobbyists can influence the political agenda in Brussels. When senior European decision-makers - Commissioners, MEPs, officials - leave office and go straight into lobby jobs, or when lobbyists join the EU institutions, the risk of significant conflicts of interest is great, undermining democratic, public-interest decision-making. CEO is working with the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) to challenge the revolving door and to demand that it is effectively regulated.
Together we demand the following:
A revised Code of Conduct for Commissioners to include a three year cooling-off period for Commissioners taking lobby jobs (or any other job which provokes the risk of a conflict of interest) and a revamped Commission ethics committee
A revised Code of Conduct for MEPs to include an 18 month cooling-off period for ex-MEPs taking lobby jobs (or any other job which provokes the risk of a conflict of interest)
Further changes to the EU's Staff Regulations to better regulate the revolving door to include a two year cooling off period for officials
As part of our work, CEO co-ordinates RevolvingDoorWatch which highlights cases where the EU institutions may have failed to adequately regulate the risk of conflicts of interest arising from the revolving door. You can contact us or send information to firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTER-EU is looking for an intern to provide support to the ALTER-EU coordinator and steering committee (consisting of seven civil society groups) on this project. Day to day tasks will vary but you could find yourself: sourcing MEP candidate lists; liaising with activists and campaigners across Europe; working with website designers; spearheading social media actions; and drafting campaign materials. Meanwhile ALTER-EU offers you an opportunity to strengthen your campaign skills and to participate in an exciting pan-European initiative!
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.