March 21st 2017The power of lobbies
Ombudsman’s final ruling slams European Commission for maladministration, violating UN tobacco lobby rules
December 8th 2016The power of lobbies
November 17th 2016The power of lobbies
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.
September 23rd 2016The power of lobbies
Ahead of the Commission's proposal for a new ‘mandatory’ lobby transparency register, CEO takes a look at the summary of the public consultation on the subject: civil society's call for better transparency systems faces the spin of corporate lobby groups and trade associations, which appear to promote transparency values but recommend limited implementation, loopholes and toothless management.