Politics for People campaign launches across EU

15 April 2014 - 8:45am
Press release

Today, War on Want is one of a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe launching a campaign to demand that candidates for the upcoming European elections (on 22 May) stand up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business.

The campaign launches at a time when millions of citizens across Europe are waking up to the threat posed by corporate lobbying of EU institutions, particularly in light of the dangerous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated in secret between the European Commission and the USA.

The centrepiece of the campaign is an interactive website which any EU citizen can use to contact their European candidates directly and invite them to sign the pledge.

The website, which is accessible in 12 European languages, features case studies explaining how excessive industry lobbying impacts upon the daily lives of ordinary EU citizens, as well as information about how MEPs can stand up to it.

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.

The campaign is an initiative of the ALTER-EU Alliance, of which War on Want is a member, together with the Brussels offices of AK Europa and the Austrian Trade Union Confederation ÖGB.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Politics for People campaign has partners in 19 EU member states; a full list is available here

The campaign can be followed on Twitter via #pforp and @altereu.

For further details, contact War on Want media officer Paul Collins on +44 (0)7983 550728.

 

 

 

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