Hidden contracts? Corporate lobby spending in EU member states in the spotlight
Undeclared multi-million contract between FleishmanHillard and Monsanto leads to stricter approach from the EU Transparency Register
Corporate Europe Observatory filed a complaint to the Register regarding the inaccurate, low-ball lobby spending figures declared by both Monsanto and its lobby firm FleishmanHillard. In response the Register’s secretariat has now announced it will present new guidelines to make sure registrants will include their lobbying spending at national level if it concerns EU policy-making. This should generate a far more realistic picture of corporate lobby spending in the EU.