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The relaunch of popular database Lobbyfacts.eu provides vital new tools for monitoring lobby data, including a facility for tracking lobby spending and Commission meetings of EU lobby actors over several year.

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Following the high-level appointment of former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to Goldman Sachs, NGOs have launched a petition demanding stricter rules for ex-EU commissioners’ revolving door moves.

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Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth and LobbyControl today wrote to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, calling on him to investigate Angelika Nieber MEP over a possible conflict of interest.

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CEO presents some first reflections on the UK's vote for Brexit.

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Lobby think tanks and the European Commission

Think tanks work all around the institutions of the European Union but how they work and who they work for is often less clear. Our new report offers a closer look at these supposedly impartial hubs of expertise and highlights how the think-tank status has become a convenient vehicle for corporate lobbying activities.

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In the run up to the UK referendum on EU membership on 23 June, Corporate Europe Observatory has tabled a series of freedom of information requests to find out how UK finance lobbies have been influencing the referendum negotiations and the Capital Markets Union. But the Brexit-Bremain referendum seems to be a freedom of information black hole.

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A deregulation agenda is sweeping through the Commission & member states, particularly pushed by the UK.

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Hover text: Handshake between Jean-Claude Juncker, in the centre, and Edmund Stoiber, on the right, in the presence of Frans Timmermans

In a strongly worded decision, the appointment process of Edmund Stoiber as a high-level special advisor to the European Commission President Juncker has been labelled "misleading", and constituting maladministration.

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You have probably never heard of AMISA2. But it turns out that AMISA2 and its predecessor AMISA have had staggeringly regular high-level access to senior EU decision-makers for decades. It is a quiet but persistent presence operating in the shadows of the Brussels bubble.

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Read our submission to the EU lobby transparency register consultation and find out why the present, voluntary system just isn't enough.

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