Advisory expert groups set for reforms!
The system used for advisory expert groups for the European Commission is due to be reformed in order to reduce the emphasis towards business interests. Last year DG ENTR conducted an analysis on the balance of stakeholders and identified nineteen groups where industry was over-represented, this has resulted in number of actions being taken. Firstly, they have modified thirteen groups as result of a single call for expressions of interest resulting in fifteen new, non-industry members, being appointed. Secondly they have counterbalanced the allegedly biased advice gathered from four groups that had already finished their work by collecting extra information for other stakeholders. Transparency campaigners, ALTER-EU, have dismissed these efforts claiming they are week and inadequate to improve civil society participation on the working groups and sub-committees. READ MORE