Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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We've come a long way since 1997 in casting light on the corporate capture of EU decision-making. There is a growing awareness of the harm done by corporate power, but the problems are far from being solved. In fact, far more pressure is needed!

The EU's response to the economic crisis has effectively undermined many of the democratic decision-making processes - with the Commission allowed to intervene in national budgets. Big business lobby groups are seeing their longstanding objectives implemented, including radical cuts to social welfare and privatisation programmes across Europe.

Help CEO keep up the work to expose how corporate lobbyists are interfering in our democracy.

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As world leaders prepare for COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, this November, the oil and gas industry retains a firm grip on the UN climate talks and climate policy in general. It’s time to break free and reclaim power over climate policy.
The EU-Canada trade deal CETA continues to draw heavy criticism. Behind the PR attempts to sell it as a progressive agreement - including a recent declaration hammered out by Brussels and Ottawa - CETA remains what it always has been: an attack on democracy, workers, and the environment.
Corporations like Monsanto have limitless resources to buy political power through lobbying. This short guide, published at the occasion of the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, exposes some of Monsanto’s key lobbying strategies and tools, illustrated with examples from different parts of the world.
How the agribusiness lobby has weakened the new EU air quality directive with serious consequences for health. An article written by Vincent Harmsen en Berna van Vilsteren and translated by Iris Maher.
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