Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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La capitale belge compte entre 20.000 et 30.000 lobbyistes, soit un lobbyiste pour deux fonctionnaires européens, ce qui fait de Bruxelles la deuxième capitale du lobbying au monde, après Washington.

Banks and internet giant Google are among firms to declare huge increases in spending on EU lobbying as tougher transparency rules enter into life.

JP Morgan Chase says its lobbying costs in Brussels went up from €50,000 in 2013 to between €1,250,000 and €1,499,999 in 2014 - a 30-fold increase.

Goldman Sachs' figures rose from €50,000 to between €700,000 and €799,999 in the same period - a 14-fold hike.

UBS climbed from between €200,000 and €250,000 to €1.7 million - a seven-fold increase.

Goldman Sachs has revealed a 14-fold increase in the amount it says it spends on lobbying in Brussels after the EU strengthened its disclosure rules.


Dal kazako Nazarbayev al bengalese Hamid. Si puliscono l'immagine. Pagando società di lobbying con sede in Ue. Il Corporate Observatory: «Una vergogna».


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