Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

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Lobbying costs:

WARNING: As this organisation lists one or more EP accredited lobbyists, it is highly improbable that its lobbying costs are lower than €10,000.

WARNING: The lobbying costs declared by this organisation are extraordinarily high and may therefore have been over-declared.


Financial year: 01/01/2019 - 01/12/2019

Lobbyists declared: 4.75 FTE (12)

WARNING: The number of full time equivalent lobbyists declared by this organisation are extraordinarily high and may therefore have been over-declared.


Lobbyists with EP accreditation: 3


Meetings with European Commission: 11

Lobbying costs over the years:


Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Registration on EU Transparency Register

5353162366-85 (First registered: 05 Sep 2008)

Goals / Remit

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.

Corporate Europe Observatory is strongly committed to transparency about EU lobbying. CEO believes that the Transparency Register fails basic transparency standards and does not yet live up to its name. We support ALTER-EU's demand for a legally-binding register, stronger safeguards against inaccurate reporting, and the publication of the names of all individual interest representatives.

When registering, we have chosen to provide additional information that we consider necessary and relevant for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective monitoring and sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory, carry out such activities. Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines here:

In 2019-20 Corporate Europe Observatory runs campaigns and conducts research on the following issues (among others):

- corporate political influence at EU level
- EU lobby transparency and ethics rules
- conflicts of interest rules of EU institutions
- agri-business, chemicals, plastics, and biodiversity
- climate and energy, including Dieselgate
- international trade and investment rules
- regulation of financial markets
- EU economic governance
- better regulation
- digital single market


Issues covered in 2019-20: - The Commission work programmes for 2019 and 2020 - The confirmation process for the Von der Leyen Commission - 2016-19 EU Transparency Register Review - Implementation of 2018 Code of Conduct for EU Commissioners - Implementation of 2014 European staff regulations - Implementation of Code of Conduct for MEPs, European Parliament’s revised Rules of Procedure, and increasing lobby transparency requirements for MEPs - Founding regulations, rules on conflicts of interest, transparency issues at EU agencies (including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA)) - Implementation of Rules of Procedure for Expert Groups - EU position at climate negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Projects of Common Interest; gas market reform; renewable gas - Third Energy Package - EU trade policy, with a focus on EU foreign investment policy (including the Energy Charter Treaty), regulatory cooperation, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA), EU-US trade agreement, EU-UK trade agreement - Food, GMO and pesticides policies and regulations - Revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive - Horizon Europe (EU Research Funding Programme) - Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) - Short term rental platforms and the single market (gig economy) - European Central Bank ethics rules and asset purchases (quantitative easing) - Proposed directive on the enforcement of the Directive 2006/123/EC on services in the internal market, laying down a notification procedure for authorisation schemes and requirements related to services, COM(2016) 821 (also known as the Services notification procedure directive) - Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment - Classification of titanium dioxide and the French ban on food additive E171 - Directive on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law (whistleblowers) - European Green Deal - Farm to Fork strategy - The e-Commerce Directive - EU strategy on the 'Collaborative Economy' In addition in 2019-20 we work to expose corporate lobbying on the following additional dossiers: Brexit; Capital Markets Union; Banking regulation; Clinical Trials Directive and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI 2); Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking; Vehicle emissions review; Endocrine disruptors regulation; development of the Economic and Monetary Union (including the 5 Presidents' report); ePrivacy; new gas regulations and the Trans European Networks for Energy (TEN-E); consultancies lobbying for repressive regimes; privatisation of healthcare in Europe; threats to democracy emerging from the rise of billionaires in politics; EU medicines policy; Taxonomy of Sustainable Finance; Ethics rules and decision-making at the European Banking Authority including conflicts of interest, procedures on selection of chairman and director; the Coronavirus and the policy response.


Head office:
Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
Brussels 1050,

Tel: 32 28930930