How vulnerable are the EU institutions to undue corporate influence, and what gaps exist in EU lobbying and ethics rules?
Trade unions and civil society back MEPs' call to ban Amazon lobbyists from European Parliament. This is big news and Bram Vranken explains how we got here.
During the cost-of-living crisis the employers’ organisation BusinessEurope has turned a blind eye to the link between industry's super profits and inflation. Their refrain is that wage moderation is the key to fight inflation. Their message: wage earners should pay for the crisis, not corporate profiteers.
It's one year since the Qatargate corruption scandal exploded across the EU institutions and a good time to review if and how things have changed in the Brussels Bubble.
Everything you need to know about the Qatargate scandal that rocked the European Parliament and the wider issues that this debacle raises.
Behind closed doors, the companies have fiercely lobbied the European Union to leave advanced artificial-intelligence systems unregulated.
Last week the Dutch government announced it was abandoing plans to reduce flight numbers at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport by 10 per cent. This reversal was the result of political pressure from the European Commission and the US government. The European Commission in particular had been heavily lobbied by the aviation industry on the matter.
The European Commission dropped RBB Economics as its consultant this summer due to conflicting interests - but the Ombudsman had to step in for it to do so.
The association of European employers, BusinessEurope, is the most active and probably the most powerful lobby group in the EU institutions. Determined to see the EU adopt policies that defend profits over people and planet, they have won privileged access to decision-makers like no other and even shape the direction of the EU as a whole. It is high time to roll back their power and privileged access.
An updated study shows that Big Tech spends 113 million euros on lobbying in Brussels - a 16.5 per cent increase since 2021.
As the EU Single Market turns 30, we can't allow further obstacles to its just future.
In case of the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the tens of billions of euros the EU spends on purchasing vaccines from powerful pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, the European Parliament has renounced its' key task of budgetary control.
NGOs have today written to European Parliament President Roberta Metsola to raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest regarding Member of the European Parliament Axel Voss.
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