The European commission's response to the Dalligate scandal has be one of 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil', argues Corporate Europe Observatory's Vicky Cann. The best fiction writers in the world would struggle to come up with a tale as complex and as conspiracy-laden as Dalligate. Yet how has the European commission responded? Business as usual.
Zehntausende Lobbyisten beackern Europas Entscheider in Brüssel. Nur ein Bruchteil hat sich freiwillig ins EU-Lobbyregister eingetragen. Nun soll eine Arbeitsgruppe mehr Transparenz bringen - doch ihr deutscher Chef Rainer Wieland blockiert. Er hat selbst eine Kanzlei in der belgischen Hauptstadt.
The EU lobby register is currently being reviewed and transparency campaigners are demanding that MEPs and the European Commission shine a spotlight on Brussels' secret lobbyists.
This week, Europolitics published a severval pages long "insight" on the EU's new investment protection policies, quoting CEO: "Across the world, big business has already used investor-state dispute settlement provisions in trade and investment agreements to claim dizzying sums in compensation against democratically made laws to protect the public interest."
The Irish Sunday Times reports about the head of the Irish food safety agency, Allen Reilly, who is at the same time a scientific advisor to EUFIC, an industry funded think tank on food issues.
BRUSSELS — It was a show of force in keeping with the ambitions of American law firms that increasingly see the European Union’s vast apparatus as a vital lobbying opportunity for themselves and their multinational corporate clients.
The European Union's former top diplomat to China has become a consultant for telecommunications company Huawei in Brussels.
Huawei confirmed to the South China Morning Post that it had employed Serge Abou, the EU's top representative to China between 2005 and 2011, after several requests were made.
Senior European Commission officials have a penchant for changing sides when they join the private sector. They take up positions with Chinese companies, cigarette manufacturers or PR firms -- and potential conflicts of interest are often ignored.
Today's New York Times contains an article about explosive proposals from BusinessEurope and the US Chamber of Commerce, which want to use the EU-US trade talks to allow the business community to co-write future laws. The article reveals how seriously the proposals are taken by officials of the European Commission and the privileged access it grants business lobby groups to set the agenda for the EU-US talks.
The current newsletter of "Forum Environment and Development", a German NGO coalition, features an article by CEO on the proposed investment chapter in the EU-US trade deal (on pages 13 and 14).
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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.