Cornering the market in agrofuels: Brazil’s bid to dominate the EU
Despite well-publicised concerns about the damaging social and environmental impacts of large-scale agrofuel production, the European Union continues to provide incentives to promote their development, including through public funding for research. This article highlights how industry is now benefiting from research funding, having helped the EU write its Strategic Research Agenda, setting the criteria for research.
Corporate Europe Observatory has written to the EU Health and Consumer Commissioner John Dalli to urge him to overhaul the rules relating to conflicts of interest on the management board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The letter follows CEO's report which highlighted how four members of EFSA's management board have links to the food industry or related lobby groups. EFSA defended the management board members, saying representatives were required according to EFSA founding regulations.
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Climate stole the agenda at the European Business Summit's opening press conference in Brussels, after organisers were forced to invite a representative from Greenpeace onto the platform, following their blockade of the event.
The annual lobby forum, which this year has attracted 10 Commissioners, including Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, seems to be giving the climate far less priority this year.
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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.