Welcome to LobbyFacts

Who are the biggest spenders on lobbying? Is there a balance between corporate and public interest lobbying? Are lobbyists spending more or less than last year? Which organisations have the most meetings with the Commission elite? Which organisations have the most EU parliament lobbyist passes? LobbyFacts can help you answer these kinds of questions.

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Find the largest EU lobby firms

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EU lobby firms ranked on the lobby costs they declared in the EU transparency register (data as of 24 November 2016).
This ranking was obtained by using the filters on the Statistics page.

 

Tracing EU lobbying over time

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LobbyFacts datacards for Google, showing data as of 12 March 2012 and 30 August 2016

Our unique archive of data from the EU transparency register, going back to February 2012, has now been integrated to the LobbyFacts database. Via the time line on top of each data card, you can access this historical information and retrace changes in the declarations of organisations in the register.

Google is, without doubt, one of the most active lobbyists in Brussels. With 120 lobby meetings held since December 2014 with a commissioner, cabinet member or director-general, (there have probably been many more meetings with lower level officials, not to mention MEPs, but these are not systematically published), Google is second only to BusinessEurope (140 meetings) in terms of lobby organisations with the best access to the elite of the Commission.

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Recent articles

September 1st, 2016
by Vicky Cann
New research by LobbyFacts reveals that the 50 companies which declare spending the most on EU lobbying are spending 40 per cent more today than in 2012. Continue Reading
September 1st, 2016
by Vicky Cann
New analysis from LobbyFacts shows a consistent increase in car industry lobby spending from 2011, with a major increase in 2014. The declared spending for the car industry went from €7.6million in 2011 to €20.2million in 2014. Continue Reading
September 1st, 2016
by Vicky Cann
New analysis by LobbyFacts reveals that 2013 was the tobacco industry lobby's top spending year. 2013 represents the height of the lobby battle over the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive and several key industry players dramatically increased their lobby spending to reflect that. Continue Reading
July 6th, 2016
by Vicky Cann
As a newly-published and comprehensive article by Corporate Europe Observatory makes very clear, there are many problems with the way in which think tanks participate in the EU lobby transparency register. Continue Reading