Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
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.
Lobbyists declared: 5.75 FTE (15)
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: 5
Meetings with European Commission: 11
Lobbying costs over the years:
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Registration on EU Transparency Register
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: http://www.alter-eu.org/documents/2012/04/transparency-register-guidelines
In 2017-18 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 and biodiversity
- climate and energy, including Dieselgate
- international trade and investment rules
- regulation of financial markets
- EU economic governance
- better regulation
Issues covered in 2017-18: - 2016-18 EU Transparency Register Review - Commission work programmes for 2017 and 2018 - Revision and implementation of 2018 Code of Conduct for EU Commissioners - Ongoing implementation of 2014 European staff regulations - Ongoing implementation of Code of Conduct 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)) - Ongoing implementation of Rules of Procedure for Expert Groups - European Parliament's working group: Revisiting the Rules of Procedure (2017) - European Parliament's report: Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the EU Institutions (2017) - Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to enhance cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments - EU position at climate negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Security of gas supply and LNG and gas storage strategies and resulting action plans; Projects of Common Interest; gas market reform - EU trade policy, with a focus on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA), the EU- Japan agreement, EU foreign investment policy and the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Energy Charter Treaty - Food, GMO and pesticide policies and regulations - Trade Secrets Directive and its implementation - The work of the Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) committee in the European Parliament (2017) - Revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive - Framework Programme 9 (EU research programme) In addition we work to expose corporate lobbying on the following additional dossiers: Brexit; Capital Markets Union; Banking regulation; Copyright directive; Clinical Trials Directive and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI 2); Clean Energy for All Europeans; Vehicle emissions review; Unconventional Fossil Fuels (BREFs); Tax Transparency Package; Endocrine disruptors regulation; Gas package; the regulation of sugar; ECB ethics rules; ECB asset purchases (quantitative easing); development of the Economic and Monetary Union (including the 5 Presidents' report); EU strategy on plastics; EU packaging and packing waste directive; Marrakesh Treaty; ePrivacy; Roam-like-at-home; new gas infrastructure; health risks from recycled rubber filling on artificial sports grounds; consultancies lobbying for repressive regimes; privatisation of healthcare in Europe; threats to democracy emerging from the rise of billionaires in politics.
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Lobbyists with EP accreditation
Below we list staff members and interns, alongside the main EU policy issues they work on (March 2018):
- Olivier Hoedeman (20%): lobby transparency, privileged access, conflicts of interest regulation, tobacco, better regulation
- Nina Holland (40%): food and agriculture policy
- Theresa Crysmann (30%): CEO media officer
- Martin Pigeon (40%): food and agriculture policy, Lobbycracy (EFSA), trade secrets, research policy
- Pascoe Sabido (40%): privileged access, lobbying transparency, conflicts of interest, climate and energy (particularly gas and the UNFCCC), expert groups
- Lora Verheecke (10%): trade policy, lobbying transparency
- Erik Wesselius (5%): lobby transparency
- Belén Balanyá (30%): climate and energy (particularly gas, UNFCCC and emissions trading)
- Vicky Cann (30%): lobby transparency, privileged access, corporate capture, Brexit
- Pia Eberhardt (15%): trade policy, privileged access, EU foreign investment policy
- Kenneth Haar (15%): EU economic governance, financial sector regulation, trade (TTIP), the Single Market
- Margarida Da Silva (80%): lobby transparency, conflicts of interest, revolving doors, Brexit
- Fabian Huebner (50%): Dieselgate, climate and energy policy (left July 2017)
- Sarah Reader (30%): Conflicts of interest, lobbying transparency, privileged access, corporate capture (left December 2017)
In addition, in 2017, CEO hosted the following interns working on issues relevant to this entry:
- Anah Maskell (30%): trade policy (left September 2017)
Not all these staff work full-time for CEO; most are part-time and the percentages in the above list relate to their total working hours. Our FTE calculation is based on rounding up all figures and includes all staff who carried out some relevant activities in 2017; some staff work substantially less than the FTE percentages given.
Person in charge of EU relations
Person with legal responsibility
- Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) www.alter-eu.org
- The Treaty Alliance http://www.treatymovement.com/
- Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B) www.s2bnetwork.org
- European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) www.corporatejustice.org
- Climate Justice Network (CJN) www.climatejusticenetwork.org/
- Better Regulation Watchdog (BRW) www.betterregwatch.eu/
- AlterSummit http://www.altersummit.eu/
- Financialisation of Nature network (FoN) http://www.makefinancework.org/network-against-financialisation-nature
- Alliance D19-20 http://www.d19-20.be/
- European Citizens Initiative Stop Glyphosate https://stopglyphosate.org/
- European Network of Corporate Observatories (informal network under construction)
Procurement from EU institutions
Grants from EU institutions
Full specified budget
View the full specified budget for this organisation on the Transparency Register website.
Total public financing
Other financial information
There are no notes attached to this organisation.
Expert groups (European Commission)
Intergroups (European Parliament)
Intergroup on integrity, transparency, corruption and organised crime (ITCO). Corporate Europe Observatory is not a member of this intergroup, but occasionally attends some meetings.
Industry forums (European Parliament)
See the CEO Annual Review 2016 for a more comprehensive overview of our activities: https://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/annual_report_final_2016.pdf Full accounts for 2008-17 are available on our website: https://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/ceo_surpluses_and_losses_2008-2017x_0.pdf
Meetings with European Commission11 meetings found.
The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.
- 20 Apr 2018 - Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis - General Food Law (DG Health)
- 20 Apr 2018 - Nathalie Chaze - General Food Law (DG Health)
- 30 Mar 2017 - Marco Valletta - EU's Research Policy (Innovation Principle vs. Precautionary Principle) (DG Health)
- 01 Mar 2017 - Michelle Sutton Antoine Colombani - Transparency Register (DG Better Regulation)
- 09 Dec 2016 - Nathalie Chaze - Acrylamide (DG Health)
- 09 Dec 2016 - Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis - Acrylamide (DG Health)
- 09 Mar 2016 - Nathalie Chaze - Glyphosate (DG Health)
- 21 May 2015 - Angelina Gros-Tchorbadjiyska - Meeting with Corporate Europe on Commissioners code of Conduct (DG Budget)
- 01 Jan 1970 - - (DG )
- 01 Jan 1970 - - (DG )
- 15 Jan 2015 - Giulia Del Brenna - Meeting on principles of scientific advice (DG Research)