December 3rd 2013EFSA
The European Commission has short-listed a Director of the biggest EU food industry lobby group FoodDrinkEurope among the candidates to the management board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Is the Commission right to be jubilant about the latest report on the EU Transparency Register? CEO says no, as hundreds of companies and lobby groups actively lobbying to influence EU decision-making, continue to boycott the register.
At a press conference in the European Parliament on 28 November, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and Corinne Lepage MEP strongly denounced the decision of the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology to de-publish his study on the health impacts of Monsanto's GM maize NK603 - made tolerant to herbicide Roundup - and of Roundup itself. The study was published over a year ago.
Amazon, also known for tax evasion and abominable working conditions, is one of a large number of companies that exploit the EU’s weak lobby transparency rules. The company is lobbying heavily to influence decision-making in Brussels but refuses to sign up to the Transparency Register for lobbyists, which is voluntary rather than mandatory.
November 26th 2013Trade
As EU trade ministers and the European Commission are leaving for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in Bali next week, a European alliance of over 50 civil society organisations is launching the Alternative Trade Mandate, a proposal to make EU trade and investment policy work for people and the planet, not just the profit interests of a few.
Vote for the Public Eye Awards 2014. Corporate Europe Observatory supports the nomination of bee-killer multinational companies Syngenta, Bayer and BASF, because of their products' terrible impact on bees and ecosystems and their aggressive lobbying and greenwash campaign to deny it.
Over 800 members of civil society walked out of the UN climate talks (COP19) on what was supposed to be the penultimate night, led by social movements like the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Bolivian Platform on Climate Change, the International Trade Union Confederation, as well as NGOs including LDC Watch and Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, who were joined by household names like Oxfam, WWF and Greenpeace. The lack of progress at the talks – combined with the increasingly overt presence of dirty polluting corporations, not to say anything of their historically negative influence – led many to say ‘enough is enough’, walking out with t-shirts saying “Polluters Talk, We Walk”.
CEO has today published a leaked version of the European Commission's communication strategy for overcoming public skepticism about the controversial EU-US trade negotiations, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The document was discussed at a meeting with EU member states on Friday 22 November. In order to "reduce fears and avoid a mushrooming of doubts", the Commission proposes to "further localise our communication effort at Member State level in a radically different way to what has been done for past trade initiatives".
What lessons can we learn from the US experience of a mandatory lobby register? As MEPs consider whether to opt for a mandatory EU lobby register, CEO analyses the myths and facts surrounding the US system.
ICT companies, led by US digital giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, have been waging a ‘lobbying war’ to weaken the EU’s proposal for a new data protection directive, according to a documentary recently broadcast on Flemish public TV. The documentary exposed how Belgian MEP Louis Michel (who was the EU’s Commissioner for development from 2004 to 2009) submitted 229 amendments, of which over 100 were heavily inspired by corporate lobbyists. In the spotlight of the cameras, Michel felt obliged to withdraw over 80 of ‘his’ amendments before the vote.
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