Over the years, I’ve been involved in dozens of campaigns, policy actions and strategic legal actions in the EU transnational space. In every instance, I have been as much a vehicle as an originator, and often benefited from great collaborators. Here’s some:
[ POLITICAL RIGHTS ]
European Citizens’ Assembly
The European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee solicited me with a study to Alberto Alemanno aimed at designing a permanent citizens’ assembly within the EU institutional architecture. The study is set to prompt a major debate on whether and how to accommodate the growing demand for citizens’ involvement and deliberation within the EU day-to-day decision-making.
Reform of the Right of Petition before the European Parliament
I’ve been asked by the European Parliament to prepare a study aimed at enhancing the role and impact of petitions as an instrument of participatory democracy. This study prompted a broader debate on how to strengthen the right of petition at the EU level within the existing EU participatory architecture.
Voters without Borders
Transnational Political Parties
I’ve been advocating for the creation of Transnational Political Parties since the early 2000. Together with Frank Biancheri, I’ve co-launched Newropeans, one of the first transnational political parties in 2008. In 2018, I’ve been advising Volt Europa, on the set up of their transnational party. In February 2018, ahead of the European Parliament vote on the reform of the EU Electoral Law, I was one of the initiators of the campaign Real Representation as Europeans with WeMove.eu. In 2021, I was auditioned by the European Parliament on the reform of the EU Electoral Law and provided advice to the rapporteur Domenec Devesa MEP.
[ CONSUMER RIGHTS ]
International Roaming Charges
In 2014, I’ve been part of the European Citizen Initiative One Single Tariff, asking the EU to stop roaming charges across Europe. Since 2015, no roaming charges exist within the EU.
Freedom of Panorama
In 2015, Alemanno and his students published a report on «freedom of panorama» in Europe for WIKEMEDIA Foundation.
In 2015, Alberto has been advocating for the prohibition of airline «no-show» clauses by serving BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation.
[ HEALTH RIGHTS ]
Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products
Alberto contributed to promoted the adoption of plain packaging of tobacco products by trainings dozens of ministerial officers and health advocates in France, UK, Ireland and Norway and providing legal assistance to the WHO. He also assisted the EU Commission during the preparation of the EU Tobacco products directive.
Alberto provided pro bono legal assistance to the ECI initiators before, during and after the signature collection.
[ DIGITAL RIGHTS ]
In Spring 2018, he challenged the EU approach to counter fake news by lodging a complaint before the EU Ombudsman arguing that the EU Disinformation Review violates the freedom of expression and right of defense. This was featured in The Washington Post and in the Financial Times. He also advised the European Parliament with a report that can be found here.
Political social media advertising
In 2019, I’ve contributed to denounce Facebook for putting in place new rules for political advertisement in all EU member states, which prevented transnational political ads. Those restrictions were lifted a few days before the European Parliament elections.
[ ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ]
In 2016, I’ve prepared a report for WWF advocating for an early reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
[ ANIMAL RIGHTS ]
In 2020, I’ve submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Eurogroup for Animals defending animal rights at the time of slaughter. This was featured here and led the Court to side with the European animal rights’ interpretation of the applicable directive.
[ WORKERS’ RIGHTS ]
I’ve prepared and lodged a collective complaint on behalf of the European Youth Forum to challenge the institutionalization of unpaid internships in Belgium before the Council of Europe. You can read about it here. In its decision, the Committee accepted our claim in a seminal decision with consequential effects across all member of the Council.
[ BEYOND ESG / SUSTAINABILITY ]
Ukraine Corporate Index
In the aftermath of the Russian invasion, Alberto designed the Ukraine Corporate Index to nudge companies reassessing their market presence on the Russian market. As recognized by the Financial Times, this index played a major role in increasing pressure on businesses to position themselves in relation to the invasion.
[ INTEGRITY, ANTI-CORRUPTION ]
In Summer 2022, I provided legal advice to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) regarding the unethical behaviour of several political leaders involved in the so called Uber Files. My analysis was featured in the BBC documentary and The Guardian and widely shared across media outlet.
I drafted the first draft EU directive aimed at protecting whistleblowers in the European Union together with Vigijlenca Abazi. Their text was used by the EU Commission in 2018 when putting foreword its proposal, and then became law in 2019.
In 2018, I’ve successfully lodged one of the complaints to the European Ombudsman about José Manuel Barroso’s business activities with Goldman Sachs, which led to a reform of the EU ethics system and revolving doors.
In 2020, I’ve lodged a complaint against the EU Commission President von der Leyen for breaching the duty of independence when she got unmeshed with the national political elections taking place in Croatia. The complaint was judged well-founded by the EU Ombudsman and led von der Leyen to acknowledge impropriety of her behaviour.
EU ethics body
In 2020, I’ve been tasked to design a EU ethics body for the EU and assisting the Greens to pursue this proposal.