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Madrid/Brussels, Tuesday 15 April 2014 - Today, Access Info Europe along with other members of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe including 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”. 
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. 
Access Info Europe, part of the organising committee for 'Politics for People' and 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.
“Seven out of 10 European citizens are concerned about the excessive influence of industry lobbying on EU decision-making here in Brussels, and rightly so. Too many of our laws have the fingerprints of big business lobbyists all over them – from climate to public health to trade. We need MEPs who will defend the public interest and stand-up for people over profit”, said Olivier Hoedeman from Corporate Europe Observatory, a steering committee member of ALTER-EU. 
“Lobbying will be a hot topic both during and after the elections, which is why it's encouraging to see a wide range of MEPs already committed to tackling the issue. We hope that more candidates from across the political spectrum will join the Politics for People campaign, sign the pledge and agree to take strong action, if elected, to defend the public interest against excessive lobbying”, points out Pam Bartlett Quintanilla of Access Info Europe, another Steering Committee member of ALTER-EU.
The centrepiece of the campaign is an interactive website www.politicsforpeople.eu which any EU citizen can use to directly contact their European candidates and invite them to sign the pledge. The website 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. A campaign video will explain the problem of corporate lobbying and feature four MEPs endorsing the pledge. 
The Politics for People campaign has partners in 19 member states; a full list is available on-line.  Across Europe, members of the Politics for People coalition will be holding election debates, speaker tours and other activities to raise the issue of excessive and untransparent lobbying in the EU and to propose solutions.
“It is essential that we tackle the problem of excessive lobbying from banks and big business in Brussels. In the past few years we have seen big banks avoid effective regulation after the financial crisis!”, said Amir Ghoreishi of AK EUROPA, one of the supporting organisations behind the campaign. “In addition, the processed food industry defeated proposals for health labels on packaging; climate policies have been downgraded; and EU trade deals (like the current proposed EU-US deal) consistently put profits before people,” said Max Bank of LobbyControl in Cologne, another steering committee member of ALTER-EU.
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