Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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Get Involved !

There are many ways to get involved in our work !

Stay in touch & help us spread the news

Subscribe to our e-newsletter to make sure you stay up-to-date with our current work, as well as any events we are organising or participating in. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates and an insight into what is going on in the EU's 'Brussels bubble'. CEO also has accounts on Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo. And if you enjoy our content, why not suggest your friends and colleagues to follow us?

To see who works on which issues in the CEO team, and how to contact them, visit our staff page.

Donate

Financial independence is vital for the integrity of our work, which is why CEO does not accept any funding from EU institutions, national governments or private companies. We depend on grants and donations from charitable foundations and committed individuals.

With your help, we can intensify our work against the disproportionate leverage of big business over EU policy-making. Make a donation and join us in defending the public interest in Europe.

Here is a run-down of our bank details, to make things as easy as possible:

Account holder: Corporate Europe Observatory
Account Holder Address: Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Name of Bank: Triodos
Address of Bank: Hoogstraat 139/3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Bank account number: 523-0803756-89
IBAN: BE45 5230 8037 5689
BIC [for donations from outside of Belgium]: TRIOBEBB

Thank you for your support, we reallly appreciate your contribution.

Guided tours

On a regular basis, and Brussels' weather allowing, CEO organises guided walking tours through the EU quarter. We take participants to key lobby landmarks in the capital and explain how corporations influence the EU institutions. The dates for these 'lobby tours' are announced in our monthly newsletter, on social media and here on the site. We also occasionally arrange guided tours for specific groups, upon request. If you would like inquire about this possibility, please fill in our 'lobbytour' form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that as a small organisation we have limited capacity and we therefore - unfortunately - have to decline many requests. Due to the cold and wet weather in Brussels in autumn and winter, we rarely do guided tours in the period between November and March.

Tips

If you have any information you want to share with us, please contact us at ceo@corporateeurope.org.

Translations

We often receive messages from people offering to support us with free translations. Although we appreciate these kind offers and are very grateful to people wanting to donate their time and language skills, we find that high-
quality translations usually require professional training. Translating is a real craft and a difficult skill to master, and we want to fairly pay whoever puts in this hard work for us. For this reason, we tend to prefer employing
translators officially, and not least because lacking translation quality can create a substantial additional workload for our team.

If you have the required experience and are interested in translating for us (English to other languages), we kindly ask you to send us previous examples of your work. Depending on our current need for new translations and the quality of your work, we will then get back to you. Many thanks! 

 

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Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today published an open letter urging legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement.

8 November 2016 saw the annual lobby fest between the Commission and BusinessEurope. Lasting for over seven hours, attracting four commissioners and the secretary-general, as well as 26 major corporate interests (who between them spend over €31,789,000 a year on EU lobbying), this is exclusive, privileged access at its most extreme.

New analysis of lobby meetings shows that EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and his colleague Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, have overwhelmingly met corporate lobbyists, rather than public interest groups.

The corporate lobby tour