Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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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.

 
How industry, law firms and the European Commission worked together on EU “trade secrets” legislation.
Find out about this exciting new campaign to demand lobby transparency in Brussels and across the EU member states.
The investment bank Goldman Sachs has revised its registration in the EU's lobby transparency register and has substantially increased its declared lobby spend from the 2013 figure of less than €50,000 to €700,000-€799,999 for 2014. This compounds Corporate Europe Observatory's view that Goldman Sachs' original registration was not a full reflection of its EU lobbying activity. Yet despite this under-reporting, for five months the register secretariat took little action and Goldman Sachs was able to secure at least four meetings with top Commission officials.
"There is de facto a systemic collusion between the Commission and business circles"
How industry, law firms and the European Commission worked together on EU “trade secrets” legislation.
Compared to other trade talks, EU governments and parliamentarians face far more hurdles to understand and debate TTIP.
A TTIP and farming-themed tour of Brussels' EU district.
Find out about this exciting new campaign to demand lobby transparency in Brussels and across the EU member states.

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