Corporate capture We are pushing for more democratic, accountable, transparent, balanced and fair policy-making

31 October 2014

Tomorrow sees the new team of European Commissioners officially take office, with no sign of an end to the crusade for big business-friendly deregulation waged under the previous administration.

The new Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, looks set to oversee another five years of weakening of legislation and scrapping of rules, especially environmental and social protections, Friends of the Earth Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory are warning.

30 September 2014

A new lobby data web tool has for the first time shown which companies, trade associations, lobby consultancies and law firms are the biggest spenders on EU lobbying activities.

Corporate capture undermines democracy. It refers to the process whereby big business gains privileged access to policy-making processes, giving it a disproportionate influence, behind closed doors. This leads to the weakening, blocking or postponement of vital social and environmental legislation.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe challenges corporate capture. We are pushing for a more democratic and accountable European Union, and more transparent international policy negotiations. We demand greater transparency, balanced representation and fair access.

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