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 (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) 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 , Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind and the Marisla Foundation. 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.

 

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Les affaires au secret

Va-t-on assister à l'apparition d'un label « secrets des affaires » pour les entreprises, comparable au « secret défense » des états ? Ce dernier leur permet de s'opposer à la publication de certaines informations jugées trop sensibles, et de poursuivre en justice ceux qui se risqueraient à les publier sans son autorisation. L'utilisation possible de tels outils contre des lanceurs d'alerte, journalistes, syndicalistes... fait craindre une régression importante.
LobbyControl, CEO and Friends of the Earth Europe have made a formal complaint to the EU lobby register about the entry of Goldman Sachs which the NGOs consider signficantly under-reports its lobby spend.
"The proposal fulfils the ambitions of some of the biggest business lobby groups" - CEO's Kenneth Haar
A new leaked proposal from the transatlantic trade treaty negotiations (TTIP) shows the European Commission seemingly unstoppable in its drive to constrain regulations to protect the public interest – including potentially those made by regional authorities.

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