Transparency, including that relating to lobbying activity in Brussels, belongs to the democratic values and rights of citizens that are being championed by ELIANT.
Secret lobbying undermines democracy and destroys the trust of citizens in the government and EU institutions. This sad state of affairs has been brought about by the inherent weakness of voluntary regulation and the lack of any meaningful sanctions. We don‘t even know how many lobbyists there actually are in Brussels, how much money they are being paid, where it comes from and what legislative programme they are seeking to influence.
ELIANT is therefore following the investigations of Transparency International with considerable interest and is asking you to support Transparency International by signing the petition to stop lobbying behind closed doors: change.org/eu-lobbying www.change.org/eu-lobbying
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has promised to make his Commission significantly more transparent than that of his predecessor and introduce a compulsory lobbying register for all the EU institutions.
Transparency International is therefore calling on the Commission to ensure that:
- All lobbying organisations are entered in the EU Register
- All EU institutions participate
- Sanctions against lobbyists that break the rules are strengthened and enforced
We would like to encourage you to support these demands of Transparency International by signing the petition and encouraging others to do so as well. We would also like to express our gratitude for each donation however small, that you feel able to make towards ELIANT. This will ensure the independence and absolute transparency of our alliance and enable us to support our partner organisations in their campaigns for a more humane Europe.