Meetings data incomplete due to software bug at the European Commission
15 February 2018 -- Due to a bug in the software that thje European Commission uses to generate the overviews of lobby meetings of high level Commission staff, the meetings data that we daily import into the LobbyFacts database has been incomplete since 12 February. Some 1500 meetings are currently missing. This means that the displayed number of meetings with high level EC staff tend to be too low. Rankings on numbers of meetings are affected and the missing meetings are not listed in the "Meetings" tab on data cards.
Tracing EU lobbying over time
LobbyFacts datacards for Google, showing data as of 12 March 2012 and 30 August 2016
Our unique archive of data from the EU transparency register, going back to February 2012, has now been integrated to the LobbyFacts database. Via the time line on top of each data card, you can access this historical information and retrace changes in the declarations of organisations in the register.
Google is, without doubt, one of the most active lobbyists in Brussels. With 120 lobby meetings held since December 2014 with a commissioner, cabinet member or director-general, (there have probably been many more meetings with lower level officials, not to mention MEPs, but these are not systematically published), Google is second only to BusinessEurope (140 meetings) in terms of lobby organisations with the best access to the elite of the Commission.