Subsequent to writing the earlier posting on The Brussels Business I have had some communication from ALTER-EU who are concerned about the way they appear to have been connected with the film.
I reproduce here part of the e-mail I have received from Koen Roovers, the coalition co-ordinator of ALTER-EU:
«I understand you have been in touch with Olivier Hoedeman, who is not a member of ALTER-EU’s steering committee, but research coordinator of CEO. As such he acts from time to time as spokesperson for ALTER-EU, for instance on subjects related to the code of conduct for MEPs. In the film, both Mr Wesselius and Mr Hoedeman are introduced as spokespeople for CEO – the film highlights the work and raison d’être of this specific organisation. Not once is ALTER-EU mentioned in the film, and you are right in saying in your tweet that ALTER-EU had ‘no control over [the] content of The Brussels Business».
OK, but I have to say as a member of the viewing public, given the high profile presence of Mr Wesselius and Mr Hoedeman at the premiere and their leading role in the film, almost as the ‘heroes’ whose journey the viewer follows, I cannot have been alone in thinking there had been a close working relationship.
Likewise given their profile on the issue of transparency in Brussels, which I have made clear I fully appreciated and our regular contacts on this issue I think it is understandable that I find it odd that the film was never mentioned. Nor indeed my participation, nor that of any of my parliamentary colleagues, was sought. Of course this was ultimately a matter for the film-makers.
I could perhaps have written in my post Indeed during the same period I saw Mr Wesselius and Mr Hoedeman on an almost regular basis and valued their input…..
Perhaps the lesson from this is that all parties from all sectors, corporate or otherwise, have to make it clear who they are speaking on behalf of and when – Transparency rules!!