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Open Debate: We support an EU lobby register, say Spanish candidates to the European Parliament

Madrid, 24 April 2014 - Support for an EU lobby register was the message conveyed by European election candidates in yesterday's open debate in Madrid organised by Access Info Europe.

This event was a unique opportunity for citizens to ask questions directly to candidates in person and via Twitter. The answers demonstrated a range of opinions between Salvador Garriga (PP) and Enrique Guerrero (PSOE), both current Members of the European Parliament, and candidates from UPyD, IU and Equo-Primavera Europea.

Given their EU parliamentary experience, the two veteran candidates showed an understanding of lobbying as a necessary and integrated part of an MEPs daily life, and defended the transparency of their own work in the European Parliament. Both expressed the need to keep improving lobbying transparency but they presented it as an inevitability rather than a problem to be solved: Lobbies exist and are ever better regulated, and should continue to be a key element in EU decision-making processes.

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Over 40 MEPs from across the political spectrum pledge to stand-up for citizens and democracy against excessive corporate lobbying

politics_for_people_logo_square_White_on_orange_WEBMadrid/Brussels, 15 April 2014 - Today, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), AK EUROPA (Brussels office of the Austrian Chamber of Labour) & ÖGB Europabüro (Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation), together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe, are launching their campaign to urge candidates for the upcoming European elections to “stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business”. [1]

Prominent MEPs have already signed-up to the Politics for People campaign. These include: Ska Keller, joint European Commission President candidate for the Greens; Gabi Zimmer, leader of the GUE-NGL bloc; Evelyn Regner from the Socialists Group; Monica Macovei from the European People's Party; and Corinne Lepage from ALDE; with over 40 MEPs signed-up in total. [2]

Access Info Europe, part of the organising committee for Politics for People and is also a steering committee member of ALTER-EU, is leading the campaign in Spain. An open debate with candidates, organised by Access Info, will be held in Madrid on Wednesday 23 April in the hall of the Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid from 19:00 to 20:30. For more information please see here.

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Access Info Europe challenges lack of transparency in Spain at European Court of Human Rights

magritte-la-trahison-des-images-1Madrid, 14 April 2014 - Access Info Europe today presented a case against Spain at the European Court of Human Rights challenging the refusal to recognise a right of access to information following a seven-year legal battle to obtain information from the Ministry of Justice about anti-corruption measures.

The case has been presented to the Strasbourg Court after Spain’s Constitutional Court last year rejected an appeal based on the freedom of expression provisions of the Constitution (Article 20.1.a) and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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You are invited to participate in an open debate about transparency and lobby influence in Europe with European Parliament candidates

Check out the live streaming of the event here!

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Madrid, 10 April 2014 – As a part of the campaign ‘Politics for People’ [1], has organised an open debate on Wednesday 23 April on the European elections. The event will take place at the Press Association of Madrid (Asociación de la prensa de Madrid) with the participation (to be confirmed) of European election candidates from Popular Party, Socialist Party (PSOE), Union for Progress and Democracy, United Left, Equo and representatives of other parties. Candidates will discuss the issues of transparency, the influence of lobbies in the European Union and the importance of making policies for citizens, not for big companies. María Rosa Rotondo from the Institutional Relations Professionals Association, and a specialist in lobbying matters, will moderate the talks.

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