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Documents released to Corporate Europe Observatory following a Freedom of Information request reveal how pro-biotech lobby platform Public Research Regulation Initiative (PRRI) unites industry, researchers and regulators in ‘like-minded’ groups to influence crucial international biosafety talks under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

 
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Following the Cambridge Analytica affair and the massive leak of 87 million people’s data revealed earlier this year, Facebook is facing unprecedented scrutiny of its business model. Regulators must stop treating the social media giant as a trusted partner and better protecting EU citizens' digital rights.

 
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Im Gefolge der Aufforderungen nach Offenheit und Beteiligung der Öffentlichkeit bewirbt die EU-Kommission nunmehr ihre Handelsvertragsverhandlungen als transparent und die Öffentlichkeit einschliessend. Wesentliche Informationen über die EU-Handelsverträge werden den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern aber weiterhin vorenthalten. Sogar Regierungsmitglieder von Mitgliedstaaten beklagen sich regelmässig darüber, im Dunkeln gelassen zu werden. Zur selben Zeit geben die Multis und deren Verbände in den EU-Handels-Gesprächen weiterhin den Ton an.

 
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Après des appels à l'ouverture et à la participation du public, la Commission européenne annonce maintenant que ses négociations commerciales sont transparentes et inclusives. Mais des informations cruciales sur les accords commerciaux de l'UE sont toujours dissimulées aux citoyens. Même les gouvernements des États membres se plaignent régulièrement d'être laissés dans l'ignorance. Pendant ce temps, ce sont les entreprises qui dirigent la mise en scène dans les négociations commerciales de l'UE.

 
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Who influences decision-making in the European Union? And how? Welcome to the complex and often shady realm of corporate lobbying, which you can now tour from the comfort of your sofa. Or while queuing for frites. Or even on the go in Brussels, following the virtual route on foot!

 
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Following calls for openness and public participation, the European Commission now advertises its trade negotiations as transparent and inclusive. But crucial information about EU trade deals are still kept from citizens. Even member state governments regularly complain about being left in the dark. At the same time, corporations continue to call the shots on EU trade talks.

 
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As political support for radical solutions to tackle the scourge of single-use plastics grows, we look at the links between the packaging industry and anti-litter NGOs in Brussels and beyond. 

 
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Find out how the EU lobby register Secretariat has been dealing with CEO complaints about dodgy data, including by Monsanto.

 
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The appointment of Martin Selmayr as new Secretary-General of the European Commission took almost everybody by surprise. This new role makes Selmayr the head of some 33,000 commission staff and, thusly, a crucial actor in processes that can support or hinder public interest policy-making.

 
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177 Members of the European Parliament took a stand in Strasbourg yesterday, voting to not give EU money and political support to more than a hundred new pipelines and other gas infrastructure projects.

 
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Who influences decision-making in the European Union? And how? Welcome to the complex and often shady realm of corporate lobbying, which you can now tour from the comfort of your sofa. Or while queuing for frites. Or even on the go in Brussels, following the virtual route on foot!

Find out how the EU lobby register Secretariat has been dealing with CEO complaints about dodgy data, including by Monsanto.

The appointment of Martin Selmayr as new Secretary-General of the European Commission took almost everybody by surprise. This new role makes Selmayr the head of some 33,000 commission staff and, thusly, a crucial actor in processes that can support or hinder public interest policy-making.

177 Members of the European Parliament took a stand in Strasbourg yesterday, voting to not give EU money and political support to more than a hundred new pipelines and other gas infrastructure projects.

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