February 17, 2009
The European Commission’s high-level groups are “skewed” in favour of business interests and fail to guarantee equitable consultation of all stakeholders, allege Friends of the Earth in a new report to be published tomorrow (12 February). The NGO is calling for a moratorium on the creation of new such groups until more “transparent mechanisms” have been established.
“Privileged access for business seems to have become institutionalised in many expert groups, with industry representatives all too often occupying most of the seats granted to non-governmental players,” concludes the report, compiled by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and seen by EurActiv.
The recommendations and progress reports produced by the Commission’s high-level groups (HLGs) “are geared primarily towards improving the competitiveness of European industry at the expense of environmental objectives,” it claims.