The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), AK EUROPA – the Brussels office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (Arbeiterkammer), and the Austrian Trade Union Confederation (ÖGB) invite you to a press conference for the launch of their new report which conclusively answers if the European Commission has kept its promise to MEPs – made in September 2012 – that it would tackle corporate capture in its advisory groups, aka Expert Groups.
Date: Wednesday 6 November; 13:30 for light lunch, 14:00 for speakers
Place: Salon Room, International Press Centre, Résidence Palace (Rue de la Loi 155C)
- Pascoe Sabido (ALTER-EU)
- Dennis De Jong, MEP (GUE)
- Nadja Salson (European Public Services Union; member of the Platform for Tax Good Governance)
- European Commission (Invited)
- Monika Kosinska – Chair (Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance; member of the Stoiber Group)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should tax dodgers be given privileged access to advise on tax havens, telecoms giants on data privacy or big business on the eurocrisis?
ALTER-EU reports have shown many of the Commission's Expert Groups, whichplay an influential rolein advising onEuropean legislation, have beendominated by big business interests at the expense of SMEs, trade unions and civil society organisations.
The latest research assesses all new Expert Groups created in the past year, when the Commission committed to reform, to see if it is keeping its promise. As well as highlighting the worst and best DGs and groups, three case-studies (on the topics outlined above) will provide concrete examples of the Commission's efforts.
Hear the author of the report present fresh evidence, the experience ofMEPs fighting for improvements, first hand accounts of civil society members of important expert groups and the Commission's own assessment.