Lobby transparency Transparency in lobbying is crucial to guard against undue influence of big business on the climate, environment, and food

13 December 2016

Reformed ethics rules for European Parliamentarians lack bite, and will not do enough to build trust in European institutions, according to transparency campaigners. Reforms to the code of conduct for Members of European Parliament (MEP), voted in today, improve some voluntary transparency measures, but fail to include an explicit ban on controversial second jobs for MEPs in organisations that lobby the European Institutions.

3 November 2016

This morning, the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and CropLife America (CLA) – two trade associations representing big pesticides companies – were awarded the Democracy for Sale Awards [1] for their attempt to use the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to shape current and future pesticides regulation.

 

Thousands of corporate lobbyists roam the corridors of power in Brussels, exercising undue and unclear influence on policy-making. Operating out of the spotlight, many of them do not hesitate to employ improper methods.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe challenges the opaque nature of lobbying in Brussels, which enables corporate lobbyists to convince policy-makers to put profit before people and planet. We campaign for a mandatory lobby register, seek to expose deceptive lobbying practices, and use access to information requests to shed light into the darkness.

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