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Big corporations and the banks spend hundreds of millions of euros every year to ensure that European policy-making meets their needs – and it works. Meanwhile people like us lose out.
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    Politics for People campaign: Now is the time for MEPs to start tackling corporate lobbying

    More than 1330 MEP candidates have signed the Politics for People pledge in the run up to the election, promising, if elected, to "stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business."[1] This support makes Politics for People one of the most successful civil society pledge campaigns around the 2014 European parliament elections. One hundred and sixty five of these candidates have now been elected and ALTER-EU will be working with these MEPs to implement their commitments and start to tackle the problems of corporate lobbying and promote a European parliament which operates in the public interest with strong ethics and transparency rules.

    The Politics for People campaign is run by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions from across Europe, including Corporate Europe Observatory, AK EUROPA and the ÖGB Europabüro (Austria), LobbyControl, (Germany), Access Info Europe (Spain), GONG (Croatia), Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Finland), Young Friends of the Earth Ireland, Diritto di Sapere (Italy), Citizen Network Watchdog Poland.[2]

    Olivier Hoedeman, campaign coordinator for Corporate Europe Observatory and member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:

    "The strong commitment to our campaign shows that there is growing concern about the impact of corporate lobbyists in Brussels. This creates a unique opportunity for strong progress in transparency and ethics rules to curb undue corporate influence in EU policy-making".

    ALTER-EU has put together a briefing [3] for elected MEPs on lobby and transparency issues. Some important decisions on these issues will be made already in the coming weeks and the Politics for People campaign briefing recommends concrete actions which MEPs can take to tackle the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business.

    Pam Bartlett Quintanilla, transparency campaigner for Access Info said:

    "The first action MEPs can take to show their commitment for stricter lobby regulations is to influence the appointment of key European Parliament positions, such as ensuring that the post of vice president for transparency is occupied by a transparency champion. No less important is to put pressure on the new European Commission President to be far more ambitious about curbing undue lobby influence than Barroso-2 has been."

    A recent report [4] issued by the ALTER-EU coalition concludes that the Barroso-II Commission has failed to make meaningful progress on key issues such as lobby transparency, revolving doors, advisory groups and access to documents. ALTER-EU demands that MEPs take concrete action on the revolving door issue [5], a strengthened code of conduct for MEPs [6], tackling unbalanced Commission advisory groups [7] and the transition to a mandatory lobby register.[8]

    For more information please contact:

    Olivier Hoedeman, campaign coordinator for Corporate Europe Observatory, Tel: +32-4-7448-6545, email: olivier@corporateeurope.org

    Pamela Bartlett Quintanilla, researcher and campaigner for Access Info, Tel: +34 91 365 6558, email: pam@access-info.org

    Max Bank, campaigner for LobbyControl Tel: +49-221-169-6507 email: m.bank@lobbycontrol.de

    1. http://politicsforpeople.eu/en/solution/

    2. For a full list of active partners across 19 EU member states, see http://politicsforpeople.eu/en/about-us/

    3. http://www.alter-eu.org/documents/2014/05-0

    4. http://www.alter-eu.org/sites/default/files/documents/FINAL%20ALTER-EU%2...

    5. http://www.alter-eu.org/revolving-doors/

    6. A detailed briefing released last week by three civil society groups (who are also members of Politics for People), collates cases of potential conflicts of interest and breaches of ethics rules by former MEPs. These include one MEP who failed to disclose stock options worth several million euros, four who maintain side-jobs with large corporations and lobby groups, and one who submitted over 200 amendments handed to him by industry lobby groups. The lack of enforcement of the European Parliament's ethics rules leaves the integrity and the credibility of the parliament at risk.

    7. http://www.alter-eu.org/sites/default/files/documents/Broken_Promises_we...

    8. http:/www.alter-eu.org/taxonomy/term/23

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    Over 1100 candidate MEPs from across Europe pledge to stand-up for citizens and democracy against excessive lobbying influence

    More than 1100 MEP candidates have pledged to “stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business”. [1] The 1100+ candidates are from parties across the political spectrum and from all 28 EU member states. The countries where most candidates have pledged are currently Germany (250+), Austria (150), Spain (100), Sweden (82), France (75), the UK (73), Finland (70), Belgium (65) and Italy (51). [2]

    The Politics for People campaign is run by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe (including active partners across 19 EU member states)[3].

    Max Bank, a campaigner with LobbyControl speaking on behalf of the Politics for People campaign said: “The large number of candidates supporting the Politics for People campaign reflects a growing concern about the role of industry lobbying in EU decision-making and the weak and poorly enforced transparency and ethics rules around lobbying. We hope the next European Parliament will be full of MEPs who will take serious action to stand-up for the interests of people, not corporate lobbyists”.

    Earlier this month The Guardian newspaper and other media outlets across the EU reported on the problematic role of industry lobbying on EU law-making on roaming fees, energy policy, tobacco regulation, data privacy rules and consumer protection.

    A recent report issued by the ALTER-EU coalition concludes that the Barroso-II Commission has failed to make meaningful progress on key issues such as lobby transparency, revolving doors, advisory groups and access to documents.

    Meanwhile, a detailed briefing released last week by three civil society groups (who are also members of Politics for People), collates cases of potential conflicts of interest and breaches of ethics rules by former MEPs. These include one MEP who failed to disclose stock options worth several million euros, four who maintain side-jobs with large corporations and lobby groups, and one who submitted over 200 amendments handed to him by industry lobby groups. The lack of enforcement of the European Parliament's ethics rules leaves the integrity and the credibility of the parliament at risk.

    Website: www.politicsforpeople.eu

    Notes

    [1] The centrepiece of the campaign is an interactive website www.politicsforpeople.eu which any EU citizen can use to directly contact their European candidates and invite them to sign the pledge. The website features case studies explaining how excessive industry lobbying influence impacts upon the daily lives of ordinary EU citizens, as well as information about how MEPs can stand-up to it. There is also a YouTube channel with several campaign videos, including by MEPs.

    [2] On each country page on the Politics for People website, below the list of candidates, there are infographics showing the total number of candidates who have pledged and their party allegiance.

    [3] You can find a full list of participating groups here: http://politicsforpeople.eu/en/about-us/

    Pam Bartlett Quintanilla, Access Info Europe (Madrid), pam@access-info.org, +34 699 354 215

    Pascoe Sabido, Corporate Europe Observatory (London/Brussels), pascoe@corporateeurope.org, +44 7969 665 189; +32 486 85 74 16

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    Welcome to Politics for People's #TweetYourCandidates day!

    To encourage candidates in the European Parliament elections to pledge to defend the public interest against excessive private-interest lobbying, the Politics for People campaign has launched #TweetYourCandidates day today, Wednesday 14 May.

    At the time of writing, over 1000 candidates to the European Parliament have signed our pledge to "stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business" but there are still many more who have yet to do so.

    To participate in #TweetYourCandidates day, all you need to do is:

    - Check your country page of the Politics for People website by clicking on the map

    - Identify which candidates have not yet signed for whom we hold Twitter details (symbolised by a Twitter bird icon) in the candidates' field

    - Click on the Twitter icon and send a tweet to a not-yet-signed candidate asking them to pledge to "stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business".

    You will find a suggested tweet to use below:

    .@CandidateXXX Will you prevent excessive corporate lobby influence in the #EP2014? Please sign the #pforp pledge http://politicsforpeople.eu/

    You could also ask political parties to respond to the pledge:

    .@PartyXXX Will your candidates act to avoid excessive lobby influence in the #EP2014? Pledge for #pforp! http://politicsforpeople.eu/

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Statistics

total number of pledges

1344

number of pledges per european party

  • AECR: 10
  • ALDE: 69
  • EACL: 1
  • EAF: 3
  • EDP: 3
  • EFA: 14
  • EGP: 280
  • EPP: 75
  • eu left: 136
  • EUD: 13
  • MELD: 4
  • None: 441
  • PES: 213
  • PPEU: 82
  • AECR Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists
  • EACL European Anti-Capitalist Left
  • EFA European Free Alliance – The Greens
  • EPP European People’s Party
  • EUD EUDemocrats
  • None – unaffiliated national parties
  • PPEU European Pirate Party
  • ALDE Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
  • EAF Europeans Alliance for Freedom
  • EGP European Green Party
  • MELD Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy
  • PES Party of European Socialists