Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

The financial lobby



Capturing COP21 - Corporate influence and the UN climate summit in Paris

The corporate lobby tour

Murky channels for corporate influence in the European Parliament.
Civil society groups denounce the Commission's plan for a Capital Markets Union. No lesson has been learnt from the financial crisis, they say.
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.
On March 18th 2015 the European Central Bank (ECB) wants to open its new headquarters in Frankfurt. Blockupy International, which CEO and the D19-20 Alliance are part of, has put out a call for transnational actions – Let’s Take Over The Party!

Stop the Crop

Alternative Trade Mandate