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: 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
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: https://www.alter-eu.org/sites/default/files/documents/2012_ALTER-EU_CSCG_guidelines_Transparency_Register.pdf
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.
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Lobbyists with EP accreditation
Below we list staff members, alongside the main topics they work on (April 2020):
- Olivier Hoedeman (15%): lobby transparency, privileged access, conflicts of interest regulation, tobacco, better regulation, services notification procedure
- Nina Holland (25%): Food and agriculture policies, innovation principle, and HorizonEurope
- Martin Pigeon (20%): food and agriculture policy, EFSA, research policy
- Belén Balanyá (30%): climate and energy (particularly gas, UNFCCC), corporate capture
- Vicky Cann (30%): lobby transparency, corporate capture, Council of the EU, plastics, ePrivacy, titanium dioxide
- Pia Eberhardt (15%): trade policy, privileged access, EU foreign investment policy, Energy Charter Treaty
- Kenneth Haar (15%): EU economic governance, financial sector regulation, Brexit, European Central Bank, the gig economy, trade
- Margarida Da Silva (80%): lobby transparency, conflicts of interest, revolving doors, corporate capture, digital
- Kat Ainger (10%): Lobby transparency
- Luisa Izuzquiza (30%): Conflicts of interest, lobbying transparency, privileged access, corporate capture
- Hans van Scharen (30%): CEO media officer (from January 2020)
- Lala Hakuma Dadci (10%): climate and energy, and fossil-free politics (from January 2020)
Not all these staff work full-time for CEO; many are part-time and the percentages given relate to their total working hours. Our FTE calculation is based on rounding up all figures and reflects the current situation in April 2020. Please note that some staff work on lobbying substantially less than the FTE percentage given.
Person in charge of EU relations
Person with legal responsibility
- Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)
- The Treaty Alliance http://www.treatymovement.com/
- Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B) www.s2bnetwork.org
- European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
- Climate Justice Now! (CJN!) https://climatejusticenow.org/
- Better Regulation Watchdog (BRW) www.betterregwatch.eu/
- AlterSummit http://www.altersummit.eu/
- Financialisation of Nature network (FoN)
- Alliance D19-20 http://www.d19-20.be/
- European Network of Corporate Observatories https://corpwatchers.eu/
- Change Finance coalition http://www.changefinance.org/
- Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation
- Rights for people, rules for corporations campaign
- Beyond Gas Network
- Climate Justice Action https://climatejusticeaction.net/en/
- Fossil free politics coalition https://fossilfreepolitics.org/
- No Patents on Seeds https://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/en/start
- European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines https://medicinesalliance.eu/
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
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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 attended some meetings while it operated 2014-2019. Intergroup on anti-corruption. Corporate Europe Observatory is not a member of this intergroup, but occasionally attends some meetings.
Industry forums (European Parliament)
Full accounts for 2008-18 are available on our website: https://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/CEO%20profits%20and%20losses%202008-2018.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.
- 19 Feb 2020 - Annukka Ojala Giorgios Rossides Roberto Reig Rodrigo - Farm to Fork (DG Health and Food Safety)
- 20 Apr 2018 - Nathalie Chaze - General Food Law (DG Health)
- 20 Apr 2018 - Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis - General Food Law (DG Health)
- 30 Mar 2017 - Marco Valletta - EU's Research Policy (Innovation Principle vs. Precautionary Principle) (DG Health)
- 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)
- 30 Jan 2015 - Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis - The Food Chain, Innovation and Challenges, Food Information to Consumers, Nutrition, and Food Waste, Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Plant Health (DG Health)
- 30 Jan 2015 - Arunas Ribokas Marco Valletta Arunas Vinciunas - The Food Chain, Innovation and Challenges, Food Information to Consumers, Nutrition, and Food Waste, Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Plant Health (DG Health)
- 15 Jan 2015 - Giulia Del Brenna - Meeting on principles of scientific advice (DG Research)