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Who lobbies most on TTIP?

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Do you wonder which businesses are pushing most for the proposed EU-US trade deal TTIP? Or where they come from? And who has most access to EU negotiators? CEO’s at-a-glance info-graphics shine a light on the corporate lobby behind the TTIP talks.

Read also the press release here.

 

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Submitted by Andy (not verified) on

Not only "all business" but all EU branded lobby groups that represent US corporations. And even more so, do you consider Microsoft and IBM "European" companies? How can a company dare to lobby on both sides of the negotiation table?

I hold that the European Commission should keep her European consultations free from US business stakeholders. A "Platzverweis" for the US lobby is needed in Brussels. We need a visa ban for US lobbyists and we need criminal measures against any attempts of US stakeholders to influence European trade policy in Brussels by buying off EU business organisations.

Imagine you had a dialogue between trade unions and business, and business writes the positions for both sides.

How can we have transatlantic trade talks when US megacorporations influence negotiators on both sides. It's not even EU business, it is US business lobbying the EU Commission, and the peoples of Europe get no access.

Submitted by jos thomassen (not verified) on

Ridiculous that democracies tolerate any influence on decision making outside the democratically controlled processes of government and publicly expressed opinions. Feels like living in one massive commercial.

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