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Public relations expertise developed by a food-and-drink-industry-funded think tank seems to be being promoted by the European Union’s food safety agency, following the appointment of a food industry insider. The PR strategy on dealing with risks has even been included in official guidelines. Recent cases of former Commissioners going through the revolving doors into lobbying jobs have raised questions about conflicts of interest.
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The Lobby Cleaner is on a mission to clean up lobbying in Brussels. This week she visited the offices of BusinessEurope, one of three candidates in the climate category for this year's Worst EU Lobbying Award. Watch the clip to see their reaction to her visit.
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The European Parliament is expected to formally approve the new Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, on hedge funds and private equity funds in November 2010. This article provides a short history of the lobbying war waged by the investment fund lobby and shows how hedge funds and private equity funds and their lobby groups managed to fight and win what has been the first really open political battle on financial regulation in the history of the European Union.
Yesterday, ALTER-EU and Avaaz handed over a petition to Commissioner Šefčovič signed by over 50,000 people urging the Commission to close the revolving doors for ex-Commissioners who move on to lobby jobs.
This month the European Commission for the first time ever blocked an ex-Commissioner from taking up a job in the private sector. The former Internal Market Commission Charles McCreevy had to resign from his directorship at London-based banking start-up NBNK after Catherine Day, the Secretary General of the Commission informed him that the Commission was unable to approve the post. She told McCreevy that “should he wish to pursue this activity, a negative decision will be submitted to the Commission for adoption” on October 4.
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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.