ADVOCACY

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
CONSUMER RIGHTS
HEALTH RIGHTS
DIGITAL RIGHTS
ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS
ANIMAL RIGHTS
WORKERS’ RIGHTS
INTEGRITY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION

[ POLITICAL RIGHTS ]

Voters without Borders 


Following the publication of an Op-Ed in The Guardian, I’ve co-initiated a European Citizens Initiative calling the EU to confer full political rights to all citizens regardless of where they reside.

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 party in 2008 In 2018, I’ve been advising Volt Europa, and on the eve of the European Parliament vote I was one of the initiators of the campaign Real Representation as Europeans with WeMove.eu.


[ 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.

Passengers’ rights


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.

Stop Glyphosate


Alberto provided pro bono legal assistance to the ECI initiators before, during and after the signature collection.


[ DIGITAL RIGHTS ]

Fake news


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 ]

Religious slaughter


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.


[ WORKERS’ RIGHTS ]

Unpaid internships


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.


[ INTEGRITY, ANTI-CORRUPTION ]

Whistleblower Protection


Alberto drafted the first EU directive aimed at protecting whistleblowers in the European Union (  https://www.greens-efa.eu/legacy/fileadmin/dam/Images/Transparency_campaign/WB_directive_draft_for_consultation_launch_May_2016.pdf) 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).

Revolving doors 


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.

ALBERTO’S ‘FREEDOM OF INFORMATION’ REQUESTS TO AsktheEU.org