Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

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Lobbying Costs


Financial year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.5 Fte (1)

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  • Info

    Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association   (UNICA)

    EU Transparency Register

    22014486374-73 First registered on 05 Aug 2011

    Goals / Remit

    The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is the largest organization in Brazil representing sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity producers. UNICA members answer for more than 50% of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60% of overall sugar production. The Brazilian sugarcane sector’s annual gross earnings are of nearly US$ 16 billion, and the sector directly employs over 1.28 million people.

    UNICA’s objective in Brussels is to provide consumers, government officials, NGOs, the business community and the news media with up-to-date, detailed information on vital social, economic and environmental contributions of Brazil’s sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity sectors. UNICA’s aims at working pro-actively with the European Union and national policy-makers to identify opportunities to remove existing regulatory barriers within the EU. It monitors on-going and upcoming European legislation, alert members on developments affecting the sector and lobby European institutions so that its needs are recognized and taken into account in the EU decision-making process. It is also important for UNICA to develop a network of high-level contacts among the European Institutions and other stakeholders.

    UNICA actively participates in the EU decision-making process, and follows key EU legislative proposals with a direct impact on the industry in the field of energy, environment, trade (MERCOSUR and WTO), and transport and agriculture issues, among others.

    Main EU files targeted

    - Revision of the Renewable Energy Directive
    - Effort sharing decision
    - EU-Mercosur trade negotiations
    - 2030 Energy and Climate Package
    - Energy Union


    Head Office
    Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2179 - 10°
    São Paulo - SP 01452-000
    EU Office
    C/O Apex Brasil
    Avenue des Arts 19 A/D
  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 13 Jul 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Géraldine Kutas 28 Nov 2017 24 Feb 2018
    Ms Géraldine Kutas 18 Nov 2016 17 Nov 2017
    Ms Geraldine Kutas 16 Oct 2015 14 Oct 2016
    Ms Geraldine Kutas 15 Jul 2014 11 Jul 2015
    Mrs Geraldine Kutas 15 Jul 2014 27 Jan 2015
    Mrs Geraldine Kutas 16 Jul 2013 13 Jul 2014
    Mrs Geraldine Kutas 01 Sep 2012 12 Jul 2013
    Ms Ana Leoncio de Aguiar 01 Sep 2012 12 Jul 2013
    Mrs Maria Dolores UNA CARDENAS 26 Sep 2011 01 Aug 2012

    Complementary Information

    UNICA’s mission is to play a leading role in the consolidation of the Brazilian sugarcane industry as a modern agroindustrial complex equipped to compete sustainably, in Brazil and around the world, as suppliers of ethanol, sugar and bioelectricity.

    • Consolidate ethanol as a globally traded commodity
    • Promote demand of ethanol as a clean, renewable transport fuel

    • Expand use of ethanol to other relevant sectors
    • Foment large-scale production of bioelectricity for Brazil’s domestic market
    • Assist member companies in becoming sustainability benchmarks
    • Disseminate solid, credible scientific data about the competitiveness and sustainability of sugarcane ethanol

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Ms Geraldine Kutas (Head of International Affairs)

    Person with legal responsibility

    Ms Elizabeth Farina (CEO and President)

  • Categories


    II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    None declared

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Closed financial year

    Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year


    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)




    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    - EU blogs
    - Twitter account: @SugarcaneOrg

    Other activities

    - CAP reform
    - Bioeconomy and circular economy

  • Meetings


    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    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 proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    1 July 2024: We have noted that some meetings are appearing in duplicate, ie. some meetings seem to be listed twice. This seems to be because the Commission changes some element of a meeting data after the meeting has first been listed, which causes LobbyFacts to register it as a new meeting. We are investigating further.

    • Date 05 Oct 2016 Location Brussels
      Subject Biofuels
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Miguel Arias Cañete
      Portfolio Climate Action &amp; Energy
      • Yvon Slingenberg (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 23 Apr 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject Higher education policy, including Erasmus+, EFSI and the role of UNICA
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
      Portfolio Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
      • Tibor Navracsics (Commissioner)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 05 Dec 2014 Location Brussels
      Subject EU Biofuels Policy - UNICA
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Miguel Arias Cañete
      Portfolio Climate Action &amp; Energy
      • Yvon Slingenberg (Cabinet member)
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