Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
LobbyFacts currently only presents data from the EU lobby transparency register up to 19 September 2021. This is due to recent changes made by the EU register; we are working to present these on LobbyFacts as soon as possible.
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.
100,000€ - 199,999€
Lobbyists declared: 2.75 FTE (10)
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: 0
Meetings with European Commission: 1
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.
Issues covered in 2020-21: - The Commission work programmes for 2020 and 2021 - 2016-20 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 - 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, agriculture, GMO and pesticides policies and regulations - 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 - European Green Deal - Farm to Fork strategy - The e-Commerce Directive - EU strategy on the 'Collaborative Economy' - EU hydrogen Strategy - Trans European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) regulation - Climate Law - Common Agricultural Policy reform 2020 - Capital Requirements Directive - Strategy for Sustainable Finance - Regulations on medical devices and medical testing equipment - The European Semester and related procedures. - EU vaccines strategy and COIV19 response more generally - Corona crisis recovery funding In addition in 2020-21 we work to expose corporate lobbying on the following additional dossiers: Brexit; 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); consultancies lobbying for repressive regimes; privatisation of healthcare in Europe; threats to democracy emerging from the rise of billionaires in politics; EU medicines policy; 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 EU’s policy response; European Industrial Strategy; Smart Sector Integration Strategy; EU’s Chemicals Strategy for sustainability.
Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
Tel: 32 28930930
Lobbyists with EP accreditation
Below we list current staff members undertaking lobbying activities, alongside the main topics they work on (April 2021):
- Olivier Hoedeman: lobby transparency, privileged access, conflicts of interest regulation, tobacco, services notification procedure
- Nina Holland: Food and agriculture policies, innovation principle, and HorizonEurope
- Martin Pigeon: food and agriculture policy, EFSA, research policy (left April 2021)
- Belén Balanyá: climate and energy (particularly gas, UNFCCC), corporate capture
- Vicky Cann: lobby transparency, corporate capture, Council of the EU, plastics, chemicals
- Pia Eberhardt: trade policy, privileged access, EU foreign investment policy, Energy Charter Treaty
- Kenneth Haar: EU economic governance, financial sector regulation, Brexit, European Central Bank, the gig economy, trade
- Margarida Da Silva: lobby transparency, conflicts of interest, revolving doors, corporate capture, digital
- Kat Ainger: Lobby transparency
- Luisa Izuzquiza: Conflicts of interest, lobbying transparency, privileged access, corporate capture (left March 2021)
- Hans van Scharen: CEO media officer
- Lala Hakuma Dadci: climate and energy, and fossil-free politics (from January - November 2020)
- Pascoe Sabido: privileged access, lobbying transparency, conflicts of interest, climate and energy (particularly gas and the UNFCCC), expert groups, municipalism (on sabbatical November 2019 – November 2020)
Not all these staff work full-time for CEO; many are part-time. Our FTE calculation is based on rounding up all figures and reflects the current situation in April 2021. Please note that some staff work on lobbying less than the 25% FTE percentage mentioned above.
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/
- Make Big Polluters Pay https://makebigpolluterspay.org/
- Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice https://demandclimatejustice.org/
- Liability Roadmap https://liabilityroadmap.org/
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 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 2008-20 are available on our website: https://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/CEO%20profits%20and%20losses%202008-2020.pdf
Meetings with European Commission1 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.
- 21 May 2015 - Angelina Gros-Tchorbadjiyska - Meeting with Corporate Europe on Commissioners code of Conduct (DG Budget)