Brussels, November 17 - Transparency campaigners have welcomed today's vote of the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) on the proposed Code of Conduct for MEPs , but warned that an important loophole on the definition of gifts risks undermining the core of the proposals.
Seven months after the "cash for influence" scandal in which several MEPs were caught red-handed after accepting lucrative second jobs for tabling amendments , a draft ethics code for the institution is currently being decided.
Brussels, October 27 - The Plenary of the European Parliament yesterday voted overwhelmingly in favour of freezing part of the budget for the European Commission's expert groups until new rules are introduced to provide safeguards against their capture by special interests and to improve transparency .
ALTER-EU has welcomed this initiative by the Parliament to put pressure on the European Commission to prevent the corporate capture of EU policy preparation.
Brussels, 5 August 2011 - The government of Canada is engaging in an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands, an investigation by Friends of the Earth Europe reveals. 
A detailed 'diary' compiled by Friends of the Earth shows the extent of Canadian efforts to block EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
Brussels, June 23, 2011 – The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency in the EU (ALTER-EU) today welcomed the launch of the "Transparency Register" - the new joint Commission and Parliament register of interest representatives in the EU. However, while the new register will bring a number of improvements , several fundamental flaws remain. It is essential that these should be fixed as soon as possible.
Brussels, June 22, 2011 – Millions of euros of lobby spending are missing from the lobby register declarations made by key industry groups, the ALTER-EU coalition has revealed today .
Brussels, May 26, 2011 – The European Commission was sued today, accused of violating European transparency laws. Environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) filed the lawsuit following the Commission's refusal to provide access to information in decisions relating to the sustainability of Europe's biofuels policy. 
Brussels, May 18, 2011 - Key business sectors are preventing effective action against climate change, warns Friends of the Earth Europe on the opening day of the European Business Summit in Brussels.
The environmental campaign group singled out prominent EU lobby group and summit organiser, BusinessEurope, for blocking ambitious climate action. BusinessEurope presents itself as the voice of the business community when in fact it favours the most polluting industries and denies there are economic benefits for Europe of early action against climate change. 
As leading industry laggards met at the European Business Summit on 18 May, Friends of the Earth Europe distributed a spoof newspaper, ‘European Noise’. Key business sectors pushing against effective climate action were met with the parody paper produced to raise awareness and engage business and EU leaders towards bold climate action.
Around 10,000 copies were distributed around the European Business Summit, Brussels’ biggest annual lobby forum, and elsewhere.
Brussels, May 17, 2011 – The European Business Summit is a symbol of the disproportionate influence corporations, particularly lobby group BusinessEurope, have on European policy-making, Friends of the Earth Europe is warning on the eve of the event which opens tomorrow (May 18) in Brussels.
Between October and December 2010 Friends of the Earth Europe filed access to documents requests to ten European Commissioners requesting copies of their calendars and appointments dating back to the beginning of their mandates, early in 2010.