The power of lobbies

Brussels is at the centre of EU decision-making and as such attracts thousands of lobbyists promoting the interests of big business. In this section you can find basic information about this corporate lobbying and how it affects you as a citizen. Or you can visit our specific pages on the revolving door phenomenon of politicians who become lobbyists – and vice versa – and on the corporate dominance of expert groups whose advice helps make official policy for the EU.

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Participants to the 10th Forum for the Future of Agriculture, an annual lobbying event organised by Syngenta and the EU lobby of large landowners, were greeted with a "special" video message, an "Address from His Holiness The Pope". However, the video did not actually come from the Vatican.

On Brexit launch day, the European Commission approved the revolving door move of UK ex-EU Commissioner for financial and banking policy, Jonathan Hill, to law firm Freshfields. The firm is engaged in lobby and advisory work for several UK financial industry clients.