The European banking union has been presented as a cure to the epidemic of bank collapses. Tougher supervision is to make sure we get the financial sector on track. But in the end, the ambitious new project looks more like a renewed push for a deeper single market. The banks themselves are happy.
A far-reaching trade deal between the US and EU is about to be negotiated, yet the European Commission has drawn a smokescreen over who is setting the agenda for its negotiating position. Amid concerns about the deal's social and environmental impacts, as well as what it will mean for democratic policy-making, Corporate Europe Observatory tried to find out what will be on the treaty table.
Corporate Europe Observatory, Carbon Trade Watch and Fern have nominated the European Commission and the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme for the Greenwash Circus Awards 2013. They argue the EU ETS needs to be exposed for what it is, a subsidy for the worst polluters that the Commission is using to avoid effective climate policies and is irresponsibly expanding it into other regions and areas.
El informe "Cuando la injusticia es negocio", publicado por el Transnational Institute y Corporate Europe Observatory, pone al descubierto un floreciente negocio jurídico. Un selecto grupo de bufetes de abogados y árbitros legales se está enriqueciendo de las disputas entre inversores y Estados ante tribunales internacionales, promueve activamente nuevos casos y hace presión en contra de reformas.
On the second day of the EU's Green Week, an action group took the stage during a session of the 2-day policy summit titled ‘Pricing the earth: How business can protect and profit from biodiversity’. The 'summit' was organised by Friends of Europe, a corporate-sponsored think tank. The activists spread a red banner reading ‘Green Week is as green as this banner’ and one listing the companies behind Friends of Europe, including BP, Dow, Areva and Coca Cola.
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.