Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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Guided tours

On a regular basis, and Brussels' weather allowing, CEO organises guided walking tours through the EU quarter. We take participants to key lobby landmarks in the capital and explain how corporations influence the EU institutions. The dates for these 'lobby tours' are announced in our monthly newsletter, on social media and here on the site. If you would like us to arrange a guided tour for a group of yours, please fill in our 'lobbytour' form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae). 

When we interviewed City Councillor and chair of Rio’s Special Committee on the Water Crisis Renato Cinco, in December 2015, he was already warning against such privatisation threats and provided important background information on the water situation in Rio.

Never before has a former European Commission official been criticised as much for his post-EU career as ex-Commission president Barroso upon joining infamous US investment bank Goldman Sachs this summer. Citizens are outraged and evidence already points towards a gross violation of the EU Treaty.

Following the high-level appointment of former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to Goldman Sachs, NGOs have launched a petition demanding stricter rules for ex-EU commissioners’ revolving door moves.

Corporate Europe Observatory's new report 'A spoonful of sugar' illustrates how the sugar lobby undermines existing laws and fights off much-needed measures that are vital for tackling Europe’s looming obesity crisis.

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The corporate lobby tour