Europe Inc., published in 2000 by Pluto Press (2nd edition in 2003) in association with Corporate Europe Observatory, provides a unique and comprehensive overview of the systematic ways in which transnational corporations – working through lobby groups – have succeeded in influencing a wide range of policies of the EU and other international institutions, such as the OECD, WTO and the United Nations. The authors cover the major players in these anti-democratic practices and analyse the structural and political factors which have enabled transnational corporations to become such a dominant force in politics.
Complaint forces European Privacy Association to confirm Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are corporate backers
The register secretariat has now informed CEO that the changes introduced by EPA "meet the requirements" and that they have therefore decided to close the case. But while the EPA's updated register entry now discloses its corporate backers, it remains silent about its links with lobby consultancy firms Competere and DCI Group.
Since 2000, the number of expert groups has grown by more than 40
percent, indicate that this way of decision-making has become more
central to Commission policy making. Academic study has estimated that
the total number of people involved in Commission expert groups is over
Corporate Europe Observatory
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.