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.
Large corporations and their lobby groups are trying to prevent governments from endorsing effective climate action and instead promoting false solutions like dirty coal and carbon markets. We need your donations, however big or small, to help us sound the alarm in the run-up to and during Warsaw conference through our investigative work.
As the warm-up climate talks in Warsaw end, the message from the Polish government is clear: big companies get privileged access to negotiators, but NGOs are excluded.
A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership: the social & environmental consequences of the proposed EU-US trade deal
As the second round of negotiations on the EU-US trade agreement kick off in Brussels next week, a new report published by members of the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), including CEO, reveals the true human and environmental costs of the proposed deal. The report shows that the promises of job creation and growth are illusions; and that the real impetus behind a deal comes from major EU and US corporations that have joined forces to remove as many labour, health and environmental standards as possible in a devastating race to the bottom.
Europe's public food safety watchdog EFSA is still not up to its responsibilities when it comes to transparency. A coalition of civil society groups denounces the secrecy around safety studies, ahead of EFSA’s conference on transparency that will take place in Parma.
Eleven public health and transparency NGOs, including CEO, have written to the President of the European Parliament to express their concern about the large number of undisclosed meetings between MEPs and tobacco lobbyists. Leaked documents show 233 MEPs met Philip Morris International lobbyists. The NGOs ask Schulz to take action to ensure proper implementation of World Health Organisation's rules to protect the Parliament from tobacco industry lobby influence.
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.