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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