How vulnerable are the EU institutions to undue corporate influence, and what gaps exist in EU lobbying and ethics rules?
After many months of suspense, the European Commission annouced today that it was going to create a new "High Level Advisory Group of Eminent scientists" to replace the now defunct Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission. Little is known yet about the proposal, but here are some comments.
CEO undertook a survey to try and establish which law firms and lobby consultancies were willing to be transparent about their lobbying on TTIP.
The European Commission’s shocking leaked proposal for ”better regulation” would create pro-business bureaucratic mechanisms to prevent new laws - from regulating chemicals to preventing climate change - that could hurt the bottom line of corporations. Add TTIP and its 'regulatory co-operation' and US companies get in on the act too, with extra privileges.
As the UK goes to the polls, CEO reflects upon the similarities between the UK and EU's 'better regulation' agendas.
Money matters in Europe's far-right.
Find out about this exciting new campaign to demand lobby transparency in Brussels and across the EU member states.
On the same day the Swissleaks tax dodging scandal breaks across Europe, a tax expert from the very same bank involved, HSBC, takes a seat in the European Commission. Not there to answer questions on his employers' outrageous and highly-illegal tax avoidance practices, rather John Everett has been invited to give the Commission advice on tackling tax dodging as a member of a newly-formed advisory group.
How industry, law firms and the European Commission worked together on EU “trade secrets” legislation.
"There is de facto a systemic collusion between the Commission and business circles"
The way in which the Commission has appointed the head of its “in-house think-tank” has demonstrated its woefully inadequate conflict of interest assessment for new appointments, says Corporate Europe Observatory. The conflict of interest assessment applied to the former chief of the Lisbon Council, Ann Mettler as head of the new European Political Strategy Center (EPSC) does not appear to have explored her close cooperation with some of the biggest corporate players in the digital and technology market.
Are public regulators siding with the corporations they are supposed to regulate or with the public interest?
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