Researching corporate lobbying in the EU

Corporate lobbying is a murky business that tends to thrive in the absence of public scrutiny. If you're looking to research the world of big business lobbying, there are a range of free online tools that can help. You can download the pdf, or find all the links on this page.

Sources on EU lobbying and EU policy-making

  • LobbyFacts is run by Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl and it takes data from the official (Commission/Parliament) register and allows it to be filtered, ranked, sorted, and analysed. Lobby register data dating back to 2012 is also available
  • Integritywatch is run by Transparency International’s EU office and it takes data from MEPs' declarations of interest, from the official EU lobby register, and from the published lists of lobby meetings held by commissioners, cabinet members, and directors-general
  • RevolvingDoorWatch is run by Corporate Europe Observatory and provides analysis on about 100 EU revolving door cases
  • Lobbypedia is run by LobbyControl (in German) to highlight the influence of lobbyism on politics and the public
  • AsktheEU was built by the organisation Access Info Europe to help members of the public get information about the EU. You can submit access to documents requests and view those made by others
  • Powerbase is published by Public Interest Investigations and is a guide to networks of power, lobbying, and deceptive PR
  • Green MEPs' database (in real time) of their lobby meetings
  • UK Conservative MEPs' lists (six monthly) of their lobby meetings
  • Tracks European Parliament voting per issue, per MEP
  • SEMDOC is published by Statewatch and provides monitoring of EU Justice and Home Affairs policy
  • provides information on how EU farming subsidies are spent
  • is supported by the Green group of MEPs and is a “library of influences on public policy”

Official EU sources

Data on US lobbying

  • is run by the Center for Responsive Politics and presents analysis of news, parties, elected members, candidates, as well as disclosing how much campaign money has been raised and where it comes from. It also analyses the lobby spending of registered lobby organisations
  • SourceWatch is published by the Center for Media and Democracy and it provides analysis of US corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups
  • Semi-Annual Reports – FARA the Foreign Agents Registration Act, published by the Department of Justice