“Who is driving the agenda at DG Enterprise and Industry?” The latest report of The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU).
In order to ensure transparency on the public interest, the report calls on the European Commission to review the composition of its advisory groups.
As the ALTER-EU’s paper points out, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) represent an insufficient 8% of all advisory groups, whereas the share of trade unions is a mere 1%. According with the report, such scarce participation of the organised civil society greatly undermine the transparency on policy decision-making.
“Two thirds of the European Commission Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) expert groups are dominated by corporate interests (or 32 out of 49). This fact makes DG ENTR the champion of corporate influence within the Commission.” These conclusions are the result of analysing four case-studies along the following lines:
At the report’s launching event last July 10 in Brussels, one of the paper’s authors noted that with these “expert groups’ power” there is a very real risk that industry lobbyists may capture whole areas of policy making at a European level.
In this report, ALTER-EU put forward three conclusions/recommendations;
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