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.
Brussels, April 19 - The European Commission has bowed to legal pressure and has finally fully disclosed letters that were sent by car company Porsche to former Enterprise Commissioner Verheugen in the period 2005-2007. The Commission has illegally withheld these letters for four years. It only decided to disclose them under the threat of court action by Friends of the Earth Europe and environmental lawyers ClientEarth.
The legal stick makes the Commission shift towards transparency
After four years of campaigning, the European Commission finally released uncensored letters between Porsche and the Commission, following the threat of legal action by Friends of the Earth Europe and environmental lawyers ClientEarth. Their release reveals that Porsche tried to convince the Commission that uniform emissions limits on all car manufacturers would threaten their very existence. But it also shows the Commission will only act transparently when litigation looms – a symptom of entrenched secretiveness, obstructing citizens' rights to engage in the legislative process.
Brussels, April 11, 2011 - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has today written to the ten members of the European Parliament's new working group on ethics and transparency reforms following the 'cash-for-influence' scandal. 
The European Ombudsman closed his enquiry today into BusinessEurope's unrealistically low lobby budget in the Commission's transparency register, after achieving a friendly solution. As requested by the Ombudsman, the European Commission has agreed to inform Friends of the Earth Europe about its review of BusinessEurope's registration, and make its procedures for investigating complaints public.
Brussels, April 5 2011 - Belgian Green MEP Bart Staes and Friends of the Earth Europe are calling on the Belgian public prosecutor, Johan Delmulle, to start an official investigation into allegations of corruption in the European Parliament. Four members of the European Parliament were allegedly willing to accept money from lobby groups in return for filing amendments to legal proposals under the consideration of the Parliament. These allegations were published in the Sunday Times newspaper on March 20 and March 27.
Brussels, 21 March 2011 – An alliance of transparency campaigners today urged a root and branch overhaul of ethics rules for MEPs, following the revelations published in UK newspaper, the Sunday Times (20 March) exposing how three MEPs were prepared to accept payments in return for tabling amendments in the European Parliament .
Brussels – Documents obtained under freedom of information rules and released today by Friends of the Earth Europe  reinforce the need to strengthen safeguards against conflicts of interest for former European Commissioners. The 86 documents relate to the approval procedures for six former Commissioners who left the Commission this year and took up positions in the private sector.