Welcome to LobbyFacts.eu – the platform providing the essential data on lobbying in the European institutions. LobbyFacts provides handy tools to search, sort, compare and analyse official EU lobby data – from both present and past – to help journalists and researchers track lobbyists and their influence at the EU level.
Specifically, LobbyFacts.eu can help you to:
Find up-to-date information on the lobby activities of all organisations in the official EU Transparency Register
Create a history of lobbying for a particular organisation using information which is no longer publicly available on the official register website
Track the rise and fall of the biggest companies, trade associations, or lobby consultancies in terms of their lobby spend and lobbyist numbers
Find out who has held the most meetings with high-level Commission officials
Filter-out inaccurate lobby data from searches and rankings
Download searches into user-friendly data files
LobbyFacts.eu collates information from two official sources. Firstly, data is taken from the EU’s Transparency Register which is the only official source for information on organisations lobbying the EU institutions. The LobbyFacts.eu database also contains historical EU lobby data going back to February 2012 – this is no longer available anywhere else. Secondly, data on the Commission’s high-level lobby meetings (of commissioners, their cabinet members and directors-general) are extracted from the Commission’s website.
As the data on LobbyFacts is a replica of the data from the above-mentioned two official sources, it is therefore subject to all inaccuracies and flaws that may have occurred in the original sources. Please see our disclaimer.
LobbyFacts is a joint project of Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl. The code base powering the LobbyFacts database was originally conceived and written by Friedrich Lindenberg, was subsequently maintained and further developed by Stefan Marsiske and in the past months has been rewritten and further developed by Vincent Penesich, adding a historical dimension to the database. The code is open source and licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) v3.0. The most recent code (adding the historical dimension) will be published in September or October 2016. The website interface to the database, built on the basis of a Drupal 7 CMS, was developed by the Nestor cooperative.
At LobbyFacts, we believe that there needs to be an overhaul of the lobby transparency regime at the EU level.
Lobby transparency reveals the lobby pressures on decision-makers and can help to ensure that they listen to a variety of views when making policy; transparency can illustrate lobbying imbalances in terms of staff numbers and spending power; and it can substantially reduce unethical or unscrupulous lobbying. Lobby transparency is essential in the drive for public interest decision-making.
In particular, we demand that:
- The current imperfect voluntary EU lobby register becomes legally-binding, with sanctions for those who post inaccurate data or who refuse to join; alongside more comprehensive disclosure requirements so that the register data becomes an accurate reflection of lobbying in Brussels
- The Commission extends its proactive transparency regime so that all meetings held with lobbyists, including by lower level officials, are published online