In 2012 we celebrated Corporate Europe Observatory's 15th anniversary . We have come a long way since 1997 in exposing the corporate capture of EU decision-making.
Together with a fast-growing number of allies we have pushed for stronger transparency and ethics rules to help curb corporate influence, with growing success. Last year, for instance, new rules were introduced that will make it harder for ex-Commissioners to go through the revolving door into industry lobbying jobs. And the EU’s food safety agency, EFSA, was forced to take steps to reduce industry influence over its expert panels.
There is a growing awareness of the harm done by corporate power, but the problems are far from being solved. In fact, far more pressure is needed!
The EU's response to the economic crisis has effectively undermineddemocratic decision-making and big business lobby groups are seeing their longstanding objectives implemented, including radical cuts to social welfare and privatisation programmes across Europe.
CEO would like to launch a number of ambitious new campaigns in the next few months on these and other crucial issues. That is why we're inviting you to become a Friend of CEO!
Our independence is vitally important to our work, which is why CEO doesn't accept any funding from the EU, other governments or companies. We rely on the financial support of engaged individuals and organisations to help us secure a stable funding base and to plan and implement long term activity.
Friends of CEO support our work by making an annual donation of 50 euro or more.
Your funds would enable us to increase our work to expose lobbying scandals and boost our campaigning against the capture of EU policy-making by big business.
As a friend of CEO you will receive a printed newsletter twice a year keeping you informed about our efforts to expose corporate lobbying, increase transparency and demand democratic accountability in the EU. The newsletter will also include forthcoming events and other ways to get involved in CEO's work.
Thank you in advance for your support!
The CEO team
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.