Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

International trade

The EU's trade policy aims to increase the 'competitiveness' of European companies – by guaranteeing them access to raw materials through often secretive free trade deals and by making sure that regulations do not stand in their way. CEO is challenging this craze for so-called competitiveness, which we believe in reality advances the interests of corporate Europe at the expense of social and environmental justice.

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The corporate lobby tour

Law firms and their stake in TTIP
An often asked question is whether TTIP will weaken Europe's rules over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Meanwhile, the biotech industry is pushing for the products of the 'next generation' biotech crops to escape the EU's legislation on GMOs and therefore to go unregulated. Is there a link between this new push, and TTIP? Emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request show this might indeed be the case.
Why the Commission’s alleged ISDS ‘reforms’ fail to address the key problems
Compared to other trade talks, EU governments and parliamentarians face far more hurdles to understand and debate TTIP.

Stop the Crop

Alternative Trade Mandate