December 4th 2013
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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.
Few forms of financial speculation are as perverse or damaging as the speculation in food prices, or have such dramatic and immediate effects. Despite this, the financial lobby has skillfully defended its territory and if politicians lack focus, the plans to curb speculation might be lost at the last moment.
The proposed Bill to regulate lobbying will be discussed in the House of Commons this week and it has managed to unite MPs on both sides of the House in derision. One Labour MP has called it a "dog's breakfast", while a Conservative MP said that was inaccurate because "far more thought has gone into pet nutrition". So what is wrong with the Bill?
We are looking for an intern to conduct research on specific issues around the influence of corporate lobbying on EU policy-making processes, as well as to provide support for CEO's ongoing campaign work. Meanwhile we offer you an opportunity to strengthen your research skills and improve your knowledge of EU decision-making.
The EU’s woefully inadequate legislation to tackle climate change and ensure sustainable energy use in Europe sits on the backdrop of a revolving door between the Commission’s energy staff and the energy industry lobby. Two new RevolvingDoorWatch cases illustrate how a serious loophole in the revolving door rules is enabling those writing climate and energy policies to move straight into the industries affected by them.
Recent revelations about dubious dealings by former Commissioner John Dalli in the Bahamas, involving millions of euros and international con artists, have opened the door to a new chapter of Dalligate. However this new chapter may end, there are some clear implications for the ethics rules intended to govern Commissioners.
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.