Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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Stop the EU attack on social rights

New rules that could mean cuts to social expenditure, wages and workers' rights are currently being debated in the EU. If the proposals go ahead, decisions about such cuts could be made without public debate or discussion. Cuts would simply be imposed by EU technocrats. Such a decision undermines the very principles of democracy and threatens workers' rights and the welfare state.

This has to be stopped!

Corporate Europe Observatory has joined the ATTAC-Europe Network to help people write MEPs to ask them to help stop the proposals by rejecting them at an upcoming plenary vote in the European Parliament, set to take place on the 8th of June.

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Read Corporate Europe Observatory’s article on the issue:

An undemocratic economic governance
On the position of the majority in the European Parliament.

Next step for the Europact
On the business lobby organisation, the Europact and on the future of collective bargaining under the proposed new rules.

Business against Europe - On business lobby organisation BusinessEurope and its ability to influence the Europact and the proposals on economic governance.

Corporate EUtopia –  How new economic governance measure challenge democracy
Overall analysis of the significance of the proposed reforms of economic governance and on how they accommodate demands from the business community.

Barroso's silent revolution
- On the powers of the Commission under the proposed rules on economic governance


LEt’s kick Big Oil and Gas out of EU and UN climate policy. sign the petition now!

As world leaders prepare for COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, this November, the oil and gas industry retains a firm grip on the UN climate talks and climate policy in general. It’s time to break free and reclaim power over climate policy.
The EU-Canada trade deal CETA continues to draw heavy criticism. Behind the PR attempts to sell it as a progressive agreement - including a recent declaration hammered out by Brussels and Ottawa - CETA remains what it always has been: an attack on democracy, workers, and the environment.
Corporations like Monsanto have limitless resources to buy political power through lobbying. This short guide, published at the occasion of the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, exposes some of Monsanto’s key lobbying strategies and tools, illustrated with examples from different parts of the world.
How the agribusiness lobby has weakened the new EU air quality directive with serious consequences for health. An article written by Vincent Harmsen en Berna van Vilsteren and translated by Iris Maher.
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The corporate lobby tour