Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

About CEO

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.

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This corporate capture of EU decision-making leads to policies that exacerbate social injustice and accelerate environmental destruction across the world. Rolling back corporate power and exposing greenwash are crucial in order to truly address global problems including poverty, climate change, social injustice, hunger and environmental degradation. Corporate Europe Observatory works in close alliance with public interest groups and social movements in and outside Europe to develop alternatives to the dominance of corporate power. CEO is registered as not-for-profit foundation under Dutch law at the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce.

Main office

In 2009, CEO moved to an office in the Mundo-B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. The CEO team in Brussels can be contacted on +32 (0)2 893 0930.

Work

Read about the highlights of CEO’s work in 2013 and find out more about our work on Lobbycracy, Climate & Energy, EU economic governance, Global Europe (Trade and Investment), Agribusiness and our more specific campaigns on Revolving Doors and EFSA

Staff

Corporate Europe Observatory’s team currently consists of: Kat Ainger (editor), Belén Balanyá (currently on sabbatical leave), Roel van den Bosch (financial administrator), Ester Araúzo (media relations), Vicky Cann, Pia Eberhardt, Kenneth Haar, Olivier Hoedeman, Nina Holland, Federica Morelli (intern), Bruno Nicostrate (office manager), Martin Pigeon, Pascoe Sabido and Erik Wesselius.

Work with us

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Advisory board

CEO has an advisory board. Its members are: Brid Brennan (The Netherlands/Ireland), Pratap Chatterjee (India/US), Ann Doherty (The Netherlands/US), Susan George (France), Adam Ma’anit (UK/US), America Vera-Zavala (Sweden) and Thomas Wallgren (Finland).

Funding

Corporate Europe Observatory receives grants from a number of trusts and foundations. Currently we receive funding from the Adessium Foundation, Isvara Foundation, Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, RH Southern Trust, Sigrid Rausing Trust, JM Goldsmith foundation, Misereor, Human Earth Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind. CEO doesn't receive any EU or member state government funding.

CEO accounts 2005-2013.

Charitable status

Corporate Europe Observatory is recognised by the dutch tax office as a charitable institution (ANBI) under fiscal number 806634558. Legal and fiscal information can be found here.

 
Campaign groups today called on members of the European Parliament to back citizens' demands for improved rules to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. A letter signed by five environment, consumers and farmers groups was sent to all members of the parliament's environment committee, which will debate this controversial issue later in the week.
The new European Parliament is only weeks old and already three ex-MEPs from perhaps its most important committee have taken a spin in the revolving door to join the private sector. It's clear that the code of conduct for MEPs needs urgent reform.
CEO submission to the European Ombudsman Consultation on the composition of Commission expert groups
Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote in a letter addressed to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today (1).

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