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Who lobbies most on TTIP?

Do you wonder which businesses are pushing most for the proposed EU-US trade deal TTIP? Or where they come from? And who has most access to EU negotiators? CEO’s at-a-glance info-graphics shine a light on the corporate lobby behind the TTIP talks.

Read also the press release here.

 

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Submitted by Andy (not verified) on

Not only "all business" but all EU branded lobby groups that represent US corporations. And even more so, do you consider Microsoft and IBM "European" companies? How can a company dare to lobby on both sides of the negotiation table?

I hold that the European Commission should keep her European consultations free from US business stakeholders. A "Platzverweis" for the US lobby is needed in Brussels. We need a visa ban for US lobbyists and we need criminal measures against any attempts of US stakeholders to influence European trade policy in Brussels by buying off EU business organisations.

Imagine you had a dialogue between trade unions and business, and business writes the positions for both sides.

How can we have transatlantic trade talks when US megacorporations influence negotiators on both sides. It's not even EU business, it is US business lobbying the EU Commission, and the peoples of Europe get no access.

Submitted by jos thomassen (not verified) on

Ridiculous that democracies tolerate any influence on decision making outside the democratically controlled processes of government and publicly expressed opinions. Feels like living in one massive commercial.

Submitted by vince (not verified) on

Why don't you just reveal the list of companies that lobbyed the most for TTIP? It's notorious, it's on twitter....
It would be nice if instead of twitter, it would be published here.

Then consumers know who to boycott.

Same for politicians who voted yes to it in the EU parliament.

Then Citizens would know for who not to vote next time.

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A telling mistake

Ms Barbara Gallani, who will become EFSA's Director for Communications from 1 May was up until late March 2016 working for the largest lobby group for the food and drink industry in the UK, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Corporate Europe Observatory is looking for an experienced campaigner to join our team and strengthen our work on exposing and challenging corporate lobbying capture of EU decision-making. Please respond before Wednesday May 18th 2016. The position is based in Brussels, in our office in the Mundo-B building in Brussels. Starting date July 1st 2016 (a later start date can be discussed).

You would be part of the 'lobbyocracy' team within CEO, covering issues including the corporate capture of advisory groups, lobbying secrecy, etc.

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