Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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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.

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 our work in 2014 in our annual report: . Also available are the highlights of CEO’s work in 2013.
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Staff

See who works for CEO, the issues they work on and their contact details here: http://corporateeurope.org/staff

Work with us

Corporate Europe Observatory is looking for an intern to join our team in the beginning of 2016 to strengthen our work on exposing corporate influence in EU policy-making.

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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), Jacub Patocka (Czech Republic) and Thomas Wallgren (Finland).

Funding

Corporate Europe Observatory receives donations from individual supporters as well as grants from a number of trusts and foundations. Currently we receive funding from the Adessium Foundation, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Isvara Foundation, Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, RH Southern Trust, Goldsmith foundation (JMG), Human Earth Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, Oak Foundation, Rockefeller Brother Foundation (RBF), Network for Social ChangeSchöpflin Stiftung and the Marisla Foundation. CEO doesn't receive any EU or member state government funding.

CEO accounts 2005-2014.

To support CEO's work, make a donation via this page.

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.

Lobby transparency

Corporate Europe Observatory is a member of the EU lobby transparency register under identification number 5353162366-85.

 

CEO turns the spotlight on another of the interest groups operating within the European Parliament.

The voice of the Dutch Government has been loud and clear in Brussels on the issue of cisgenic plants. The Dutch have waged a sustained campaign to have new GM techniques – and in particular cisgenesis – excluded from EU GMO regulations. Several Dutch ministries, the Dutch Parliament, the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussels, and Dutch MEPs have energetically pursued this goal.

At least one developer of new GM crops – Canadian-based Cibus – has attempted to bypass the European policy process by presenting policy makers with a fait accompli: decisions by individual Member States on the regulatory status of new techniques, as well as prematurely-launched trials of new GM crops.

The biotech industry is staging an audacious bid to have a whole new generation of genetic engineering techniques excluded from European regulations. The pending decision of the European Commission on the regulation of these so-called 'new GMOs' represents a climax point in the ongoing below-the-radar attack by industry on GM laws.

The corporate lobby tour

Stop the Crop

Alternative Trade Mandate