About: lobbying

China 17-09-2021

Georgieva pressured World Bank employees to favor China in report

World Bank leaders, including then-Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva, applied "undue pressure" on staff to boost China's ranking in the bank's "Doing Business 2018" report, according to an independent investigation released Thursday (16 September).
Digital & Media 31-08-2021

Commission won’t monitor lobbying access despite growing Big Tech pressure

The European Commission has said it does not control from whom and how often meetings with lobbyists are requested, following a report that has unveiled significant overrepresentation of business representatives in discussions with EU officials on key digital proposals.
Politics 31-08-2021

Google, Facebook, Microsoft top EU lobbying spending

Alphabet Inc's Google unit, Facebook Inc and Microsoft Corp are the three biggest lobbying spenders in Europe in a battle against tough new laws aimed at curbing US tech giants' powers, a study released on Tuesday (31 August) showed.

French ex-minister charged with corruption in Ghosn case

France's financial crimes unit said Tuesday (27 July) it had charged prominent rightwinger Rachida Dati, a former cabinet minister and close ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, over her dealings with disgraced former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn.

Lobbying and undue influence: It’s time to put the spotlight on defence

Defence is one of the most important policy areas for governments around the world, but related decision-making is rarely as transparent and fair as it should be and lawmakers must shine a light on lobbying by the arms industry, argues Charlie Linney.
Politics 23-04-2021

Merkel to be quizzed over Wirecard lobbying in public inquiry

Chancellor Angela Merkel will be asked by German lawmakers on Friday (23 April) why she lobbied for payments company Wirecard just months before it collapsed in the country's biggest post-war fraud.
Brexit 14-04-2021

Sleaze scandal infects UK politics amid Covid spending spree

A drip-feed of revelations over the collapse of an opaque financial firm is raising serious questions about cosy ties between UK politicians, civil servants and big business as the government spends lavishly on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Presidencies for sale?

The practice of multinational companies sponsoring the governments which hold the EU's rotating presidency, while lobbying the same ministers, is a rotten practice that must stop, write Vicky Cann, Suzy Sumner, and Manuel Araujo.
Politics 16-03-2021

Controversial lobbyists raise eyebrows in Strasbourg

A non-profit group has been raising eyebrows in the Council of Europe for its questionable lobbying activities, a British lawmaker told EURACTIV.

Gas and nuclear industries fight to the end for ‘green’ EU investment label

The gas and nuclear industries have ramped up lobbying to secure last-ditch changes to European rules defining which investments are sustainable, fearing that exclusion from a new “green” list could deprive them of billions of dollars of funding.
Future EU 23-06-2020

German EU Presidency: Influenced by lobbyists?

Large lobbying associations have a strong influence on the German government and there are concerns that this might impact its EU Council presidency, which starts on 1 July, warned a study conducted by NGOs LobbyControl and Corporate Europe Observatory. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 12-06-2020

German EU Presidency: MEPs warn Merkel of company lobbying

An alliance of MEPs is calling on Germany to tighten the rules on transparency and lobbying when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in July. Germany should follow Finland's example and report what happens at the Council meetings, the MEPs say. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 08-06-2020

Commission kept no records on Davos meeting between von der Leyen and Palantir CEO

No detailed records exist concerning a January meeting between European  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the CEO of controversial US data analytics firm Palantir, the EU executive has said in response to a EURACTIV query.
Politics 17-01-2020

Revolving door rules must be enforced

The latest case of an EU banking official taking a lobbying job in the financial sector underscores the need to uphold rules to prevent revolving doors, write Luis Garicano and Paul Tang.
Climate change 24-10-2019

Oil and gas giants spent 250m on EU lobbying since 2010: green groups

The five biggest publicly listed oil and gas companies and trade groups representing them spent more than 250 million euros lobbying the European Union to influence climate action since 2014, environmental groups said Thursday (24 October).
Politics 10-10-2019

Proper ethics rules can help bridge gap between citizens and Brussels

Sylvie Goulard’s example illustrates the kind of behaviour which has become unacceptable for European citizens. Europe needs to elevate its conflicts of interest assessment procedure and strictly regulate external activities, writes Manon Aubry.
Economy & Jobs 07-10-2019

Practise what you preach: banks should endorse the sustainability practices they publicly support

Paul Tang questions why bank lobbyists are seeking to delay transparency measures that they have publicly endorsed.
Climate change 22-05-2019

Trade associations lag behind companies on climate action – report

More and more companies are transitioning to climate-friendly business practices. But a study by the British think tank InfluenceMap shows that trade associations representing them in Brussels are lagging behind. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

Voting record of the far-right in EU Parliament contradicts rhetoric – report

The voting record of 11 far-right parties in the European Parliament demonstrates their affinities with the interests of large corporations and financial institutions, rather than the interests of people they claim to defend. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 18-04-2019

Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
Freedom of thought 15-04-2019

Will European Parliament resist institutionalisation of religious lobbying?

In a time of growing diversity, secularism is the very principle that caters for the co-existence of the multitude of life stances and worldviews present in our societies. Yet, attempts to undermine it emanate at the highest level of the European Parliament. Secularism is a key principle of the European project, writes Giulio Ercolessi.
Politics 04-03-2019

Coca-Cola’s EU Council sponsorship raises eyebrows

NGO Foodwatch has taken exception to Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Bucarest says everything has been done transparently and in line with legal criteria. EURACTIV France reports.
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Politics 01-02-2019

Importance of national media is rising, according to new survey

Specialised EU affairs media are still the most relevant for Brussels corporations and associations, according to a survey conducted by EURACTIV and EPACA.  The importance of national media is also rising, compared to a 2016 survey.
Future EU 01-02-2019

Meetings between MEPs and lobbyists to be made public

A revision of the European Parliament’s rules of procedure, which was adopted on 31 January, increases transparency obligations for meetings between elected officials and lobbies, despite the EPP’s attempts to scupper the amendment. EURACTIV France reports.