Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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We've come a long way since 1997 in casting light on the corporate capture of EU decision-making. 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 undermined many of the democratic decision-making processes - with the Commission allowed to intervene in national budgets. Big business lobby groups are seeing their longstanding objectives implemented, including radical cuts to social welfare and privatisation programmes across Europe.

Help CEO keep up the work to expose how corporate lobbyists are interfering in our democracy.

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A telling mistake

Ms Barbara Gallani, who will become EFSA's Director for Communications from 1 May was up until late March 2016 working for the largest lobby group for the food and drink industry in the UK, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Corporate Europe Observatory is looking for an experienced campaigner to join our team and strengthen our work on exposing and challenging corporate lobbying capture of EU decision-making. Please respond before Wednesday May 18th 2016. The position is based in Brussels, in our office in the Mundo-B building in Brussels. Starting date July 1st 2016 (a later start date can be discussed).

You would be part of the 'lobbyocracy' team within CEO, covering issues including the corporate capture of advisory groups, lobbying secrecy, etc.

Splits occur within European Commission, as European Parliament, Ombudsman and NGOs increase the pressure for implementing UN rules for contacts with tobacco industry lobbyists.

The European Commission has shelved a legal opinion confirming that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) produced through gene-editing and other new techniques fall under EU GMO law, following pressure from the US government. A series of internal Commission documents obtained under freedom of information rules reveal intense lobbying by US representatives for the EU to disregard its GMO rules, which require safety testing and labelling.

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