As the European Commission prepares to review its voluntary lobby register one year after its official launch in 2008, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has published a detailed report highlighting the failures of the register and putting forward concrete proposals for improvement.
The revelations come as the tobacco industry fights to retain its influence within the EU after a World Health Organisation agreement on preventing the influence of vested interests from the tobacco industry in policy making .
The report, which is launched as the European Commission hosts a conference on research in Brussels , says that the approval of so-many controversial projects is not surprising, given that many of the companies were also involved in writing the EU’s Strategic Research Agenda, which sets the priorities for new research.
Documents obtained from the Danish Government reveal that business leaders will be granted special access to key climate negotiators during the World Business Summit on Climate Change, scheduled to start this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark .
BRUSSELS – Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has today filed a complaint with the European Ombudsman, accusing the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade of discriminating in favour of corporate lobby groups and of attempting to obscure evidence of its close relationship with business from public scrutiny.
Brussels/ Copenhagen - The most outrageous green claims made by big business are exposed today as voting opens in the Climate Greenwash Awards 2009. Six companies have been nominated for the award which will be decided by an online public vote at www.climategreenwash.org
The winner will be announced at a special ceremony in Copenhagen on 23rd May as some of the world’s biggest carbon emitters gather there for the World Business Summit on Climate Change.
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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.