Corporate Capture in Europe

24 September 2018

Excessive corporate influence over policy-making remains a serious threat to the public interest across Europe and at the EU level, warns this report by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a steering group member.

All over Europe, big business continues to use highly effective tools to ensure decision-makers prioritise their interests over vital public needs - be it lobbying, increasing public funding for corporate activities, the revolving door between business and politics, privileged access to decision-makers or corporations’ threats to leverage their structural economic power.

The report includes eight case studies from the EU level and member states showing where the influence of corporations has been so extensive that it constitutes corporate capture. The cases have been investigated and written by Friends of the Earth Europe, other NGOs and researchers around Europe.