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Stop ISDS campaign 2019

Splits occur within European Commission, as European Parliament, Ombudsman and NGOs increase the pressure for implementing UN rules for contacts with tobacco industry lobbyists.

There is a major controversy running in the Czech Republic right now over who will become the country's candidate for the next European Commission. One of two candidates who have a chance is Pavel Telička. Telička is also the lead candidate for the European Parliament elections for the ANO Movement, the party of billionaire business tycoon Andrej Babis (often referred to as the Czech Berlusconi). Telička's candidacy has been criticised by other parties because he is a lobbyist. The country's Prime Minister Sobotka (of the social democratic ČSSD) has warned “this could be perceived as a strong conflict of interest”.
TroikaWatch, a new citizen observatory on the politics of the Troika, has now officially launched its project. From now on, TroikaWatch will bring news on the Troika, the situation in the countries affected by it and the civil opposition and resistance against it. A monthly newsletter will be published in nine different languages, available at the website www.troikawatch.net
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Cracks in the armour

Last December’s EU summit was to agree on a controversial new policy tool of “contractual agreements” to make EU member states stick to a course of neoliberal reform. But internal rifts in the Council are delaying the project, providing trade unions and other social movements with an opportunity to stop the flood of attacks on social rights.

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New information shows the chilling scope of proposed EU rules on services (the ‘Bolkestein Directive’) that would give the Commission advance veto power over decisions taken by parliaments and city councils on a vast range of services, including everything from childcare, to energy, to water, and even sex work.

The reform of the EU’s Services Directive (“Bolkestein Directive”) turns out to be even more concerning: we obtained a big number of new documents, showing the breadth of services affected by the proposed Services Notification Procedure & revealing heavy influence of big business lobbies over the proposal.

Member states play a hugely important role in EU decision-making, but too often they act as middlemen for corporate interests. This new report combines case studies, original research, and analysis to illustrate the depth of the problem – and what you can do about it.

There can be few more controversial clients for a lobbying consultancy than the regime of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. No surprises, then, that a Brussels-based lobbying firm has been less than forthcoming about its role. Corporate Europe Observatory lifts the lid on the company lobbying on behalf of this repressive regime.