Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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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 the highlights of CEO’s work in 2013 and find out more about our work on:

Staff

Corporate Europe Observatory’s team currently consists of: Lora Verheecke, Vicky Cann, Pia Eberhardt, Kenneth Haar, Olivier Hoedeman, Nina Holland, Martin Pigeon, Pascoe Sabido, Belén Balanyá (currently on sabbatical leave), Erik Wesselius, Margarida da Silva ( intern), Kasia Klein (intern) (research and campaigns team) & Nicolas Klepinine (office manager), David Lundy (Media Outreach Coordinator), Kat Ainger (editor), and Roel van den Bosch (financial administrator).

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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), Jacub Patocka (Tcheque 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 2005-2013.

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.

 
How industry, law firms and the European Commission worked together on EU “trade secrets” legislation.
The investment bank Goldman Sachs has revised its registration in the EU's lobby transparency register and has substantially increased its declared lobby spend from the 2013 figure of less than €50,000 to €700,000-€799,999 for 2014. This compounds Corporate Europe Observatory's view that Goldman Sachs' original registration was not a full reflection of its EU lobbying activity. Yet despite this under-reporting, for five months the register secretariat took little action and Goldman Sachs was able to secure at least four meetings with top Commission officials.
The first corporate sponsors of this winter's 'historic' UN climate talks (COP21) have been unofficially unveiled: luxury brand Luis Vuitton (LVMH) and Suez Environment, a key member of the French pro-fracking lobby. According to an article by ATTAC's Maxime Combes, others were initially announced in the press (BMW, Vattenfall and New Holland Agriculture) but later denied by the COP21 organisers.
"There is de facto a systemic collusion between the Commission and business circles"

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