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Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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Research toolbox

Below we list a series of research tools which those looking to find out more about EU lobbying might find useful.

European Commission

EUROPA - Rapid - Search European Commission - Press releases and other documents

EUROPA - Register - Search European Commission - Document register
Commisison meeting minutes
EUROPA - EU Whoiswho European Commission - Content should be a sentence or two that describes the content of the page
EUR-Lex EUR-Lex provides direct free access to European Union law. Here you can consult the Official Journal of the European Union as well as the treaties, legislation, case-law and legislative proposals. You can also use the extensive search facilities available on EUR-Lex.
Public Consultations Documents and other information concerning ongoing and closed stakeholder consultations run by the European Commission
Budget on line
Beneficiaries Beneficiaries
European Commission - Public Contracts European Commission - Information on the Public Contracts managed by the European Commission.


European Court

CURIA - home - Court of Justice of the European Union Cour de justice des communautés européennes


European Parliament

Legislative Observatory: Procedure tracking and search - European Parliament Legislative Observatory - Procedure tracking and search: by words in title, by document reference, by agent in procedure, by legislative act, by legal basis, by Official Journal, by institution - European Parliament

Parliamentary questions
Parliament’s calendar European Parliament
UK Conservative MEPs' lobby lists Few MEPs are transparent about the lobby groups they meet; the UK Conservative group publish a list for their group, every 6 months

Other sources on EU and EU lobbying

Search results for "european union" - WikiLeaks


Statewatch European Monitoring & Documentation Centre on Justice and Home Affairs in the EU - SEMDOC
Numérisons les lobbyistes de l’Assemblée avec Transparence International France « Regards Citoyens
CKAN - Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network - Tags - eutransparency
European Union - Wobbing Europe More about European Union
Lobbying Portal - Powerbase


Databases on EU lobbying

Search register - Register of interest representatives The Commission has decided to set up a register of interest representatives (lobbyists), to help people understand how decisions are taken in the EU institutions and the role of representatives (lobbyists). Accredited lobbyists – Listed by organisation

LobbyFacts - run by Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl. Takes data from the official register and aloows it to be ranked, sorted, analysed. There is also a limited LobbyFacts archive facility
Integritywatch - run by Transparency International. Takes data from MEPs' declarations of interest and from the published lists of senior Commission lobby meetings
RevolvingDoorWatch - run by Corporate Europe Observatory
Lobbyplag - information on lobbying on data protect reform
EUROPA - Register of expert groups Register of expert groups
Comitology Register
EUROPA - SINAPSE - Home page European commission - SINAPSE


Data on lobbying in the US

Query the Lobbying Disclosure Act Database

Semi-Annual Reports - FARA Foreign Agents Registration Act Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting Presenting political news, and the actual political positions of the parties and candidates, as well as disclosing how much campaign money they have raised and where it came from.
Search State and Federal Campaign Contribution Data - Transparency Data is a central source for all federal and state campaign contributions made in the last twenty years. Here you can begin your search, find the information you need and then download records of what a candidate has received, what an individual has given, and how much companies and their employees have given.

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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