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CEO submits Ombudsman complaint about EU Commission's failure to implement UN tobacco lobby rules

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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has today submitted a formal complaint to the EU Ombudsman about the European Commission's failure to properly implement UN rules for contacts with tobacco lobbyists. The EU is a signatory to the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which obliges governments to limit interactions with the tobacco industry and ensure the transparency of those interactions that occur. During the last years, European Commission officials have had numerous meetings with tobacco industry lobbyists wanting to influence the EU's Tobacco Products Directive  Many of these meetings were not disclosed online. This includes at least 14 undisclosed meetings involving top Commission officials  from the Secretariat-General and members of Commission President Barroso's cabinet. The European Commission claims its approach is "compatible" with the WHO rules, but the reality is that it is violating its UN obligations.

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Submitted by Gerard Blanc (not verified) on

Il serait souhaitable que votre site soit directement accessible en français. Merci
Le problème des lobbies (lobby's ?) est que l'on sait qu'ils existent mais les identifier et les faire correspondre aux états, entreprises et grandes sociétés qui les utilisent nous permettrait, et vous aussi, de réagir en "boycotant" leurs produits. Cela ne résout pas tout mais c'est un début de réaction.

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There are daily meetings between the financial lobby and the Commission, and they’re mainly about issues crucial to society at large. Despite this, the public is only able to access piecemeal information on what is discussed, and even then with unacceptable delays. Given the huge impact the financial sector has had on society, keeping this lobbying behind closed doors is deeply problematic. Transparency reform is needed.
Multi-sectoral civil society coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
NGOs have today responded to the Commission's reply to the European Ombudsman's recommendations on how to better handle revolving door cases within the Commission. In particular, they echo the demand for more transparency.
The European Commission directorate-general at the heart of the 'cash for influence' claims by UK MP Jack Straw (TAXUD - taxation and customs union), has now released to Corporate Europe Observatory information showing its lobby contacts in 2013 with the now disgraced ex-minister. The documents illustrate how Straw tried to use his influential name and impressive CV to help open lobby doors. They also expose the loopholes in EU lobby rules.

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