Corporate Europe Observatory

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

5 Fte (10)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Corporate Europe Observatory   (CEO)

    EU Transparency Register

    5353162366-85 First registered on 05 Sep 2008

    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, such as the names of all staff undertaking activities covered by the register. We also regret that the 2021 register revamp no longer requires NGOs and think tanks to submit a figure for an annual lobby spend. We will continue to provide such a figure in the notes below.

    Main EU files targeted

    Issues covered in 2021-22:
    - The Commission work programmes: 2020, 2021
    - Implementation of EU Transparency Register & ethics rules for Commissioners, EU officials, and MEPs
    - Legislative & lobby transparency, and corporate influence of Council of the EU
    - Founding regulations, rules on conflicts of interest, transparency issues at EU agencies including European Banking Authority
    - EU trade policy including foreign investment policy, Energy Charter Treaty, regulatory cooperation, Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement between EU & Canada (CETA), EU-US & EU-UK trade agreements
    - Reg. EC 1107/2009 placing on the market of plant protection products (PPPs)
    - Reg. EC 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin
    - Reg. EC 18/2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms
    - EU pesticide legislation and authorisations, including the renewal procedure for authorisation of glyphosate
    - Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability & its implementation via new REACH revision, new CLP, new PFAS regulation
    - Regulation of titanium dioxide and E171
    - European Green Deal
    - Common Agricultural Policy reform 2020 and the Farm to Fork strategy
    - Horizon Europe (EU Research Funding Programme)
    - Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM)
    - EU position at climate negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    - Projects of Common Interest
    - EU hydrogen strategy
    - Trans European Networks for Energy Regulation (TEN-E) 347/2013
    - Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality (‘European Climate Law’)
    - Short term rental platforms and the single market (gig economy) including the EU strategy on the 'Collaborative Economy'
    - 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
    - Vade-Mecum on public procurement in the European Commission
    - Financial regulation applicable to the general budget of the Union, July 2018
    - European Central Bank ethics rules and asset purchases (quantitative easing)
    - Capital Requirements Directive 2013/36/EU
    - Strategy for financing the transition to a sustainable economy
    - European Semester & related procedures, including the coronavirus recovery programmes
    - Public Country by Country Reporting (2016/0107(COD) Disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches)
    - Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC COM/2020/825
    - Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) COM/2020/842
    - Revision of the Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market ('Directive on electronic commerce')
    - EU coronavirus vaccine strategy, contracts, and roll-out, and the proposal for a TRIPS-waiver of Covid related therapeutics
    - Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles & proposal for establishing an EU regulatoy framework for the certification of carbon removal
    - 18 May 2022 RePower EU Plan
    - 12 February 2021 Regulation establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility
    - 18 October 2022 Communication Energy Emergency - preparing, purchasing and protecting the EU together
    - 15 Dec 2021 Proposal for a Directive on common rules for the internal markets in renewable and natural gases and in hydrogen
    - Additionality Delegated Act (under Renewable Energy Directive recast (REDII, Directive (EU) 2018/2001).
    - Climate Delegated Act under the Taxonomy Regulation
    - Artificial Intelligence Act
    - Proposal to improve the working conditions of people working through digital labour platforms


    Head Office
    Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
    Brussels 1050
    EU Office
    Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
    Brussels 1050


  • 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 09 Dec 2022

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Margarida da Silva 05 Nov 2019 30 Oct 2020
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 11 Sep 2019 30 Sep 2020
    Ms Luisa IZUZQUIZA 15 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2020
    Ms Nina Holland 13 Apr 2019 30 Apr 2020
    Mr Martin Pigeon 05 Apr 2019 03 Apr 2020
    Ms Margarida da Silva 26 Oct 2018 25 Oct 2019
    Ms Nina Holland 03 Feb 2018 01 Feb 2019
    Ms Lora Verheecke 30 Jan 2018 29 Jan 2019
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 07 Dec 2017 05 Dec 2018
    Ms Margarida da Silva 01 Nov 2017 30 Oct 2018
    Mr Martin Pigeon 05 Oct 2017 26 Sep 2018
    Ms Nina Holland 26 Oct 2016 24 Oct 2017
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 19 Oct 2016 17 Oct 2017
    Mr Martin Pigeon 13 Oct 2016 11 Oct 2017
    Ms Margarida da Silva 30 Sep 2016 28 Sep 2017
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 07 Jun 2016 03 Jun 2017
    Ms Katharina KLEIN 22 Sep 2015 18 Jan 2016
    Mr Erik Wesselius 12 Sep 2015 10 Sep 2016
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 05 Sep 2015 03 Sep 2016
    Ms Nina Holland 03 Sep 2015 01 Sep 2016
    Mr Martin Pigeon 03 Jul 2015 30 Jun 2016
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 04 Jun 2015 01 Jun 2016
    Ms Nina Holland 01 May 2014 29 Apr 2015
    Ms Lora Verheecke 08 Jan 2015 06 Jan 2016
    Mr David Lundy 09 Jan 2015 07 Jan 2016
    Mrs Lora Verheecke 08 Jan 2015 06 Jan 2016
    Mr Erik Wesselius 05 Jul 2014 03 Jul 2015
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 01 May 2014 29 Apr 2015
    Mr Martin Pigeon 01 May 2014 29 Apr 2015
    Mrs Nina Holland 01 May 2014 29 Apr 2015
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 01 May 2014 29 Apr 2015
    Mrs Leontine Hogervorst 05 Feb 2014 17 May 2014
    Mrs Victoria Lucy Cann 02 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2014
    Mr Ivan Mammana 21 Jun 2013 19 Jun 2014
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 18 Apr 2013 16 Apr 2014
    Mrs Maria Belen Balanya Vidal 18 Apr 2013 16 Apr 2014
    Mr David Sanchez Carpio 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mr Erik Wesselius 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mrs Ester Arauzo Azofra 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mr Kenneth Haar 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mr Martin Pigeon 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mrs Nina Holland 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mrs Pia Eberhardt 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mrs Rachel Tansey 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014
    Mr Martin Konecny 13 Apr 2013 11 Apr 2014

    Complementary Information

    Since November 2021, we declare all campaign and external communication staff as working 50% on activities aimed at directly and indirectly influencing the EU institutions, in line with the register’s definition. We think this reflects the objectives and work that CEO staff do including producing research, holding events, and communicating about the corporate influence upon the EU institutions. We consider that if other registrants, in particular corporations, trade associations, consultancies, and law firms, took a similar approach and fully declared the amount of staff and budget spent directly and indirectly influencing the institutions, the amounts they declare in this register would substantially increase.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    - Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)
    - The Treaty Alliance
    - Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B)
    - European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
    - Climate Justice Now! (CJN!)
    - Better Regulation Watchdog (BRW)
    - AlterSummit
    - Financialisation of Nature network (FoN)
    - European Network of Corporate Observatories
    - Change Finance coalition
    - Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation
    - Rights for people, rules for corporations campaign
    - Beyond Gas Network
    - Climate Justice Action
    - Fossil free politics coalition
    - No Patents on Seeds
    - European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines
    - Make Big Polluters Pay
    - Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice
    - Liability Roadmap
    - People vs. Big Tech
    - EU Food Policy Coalition
    - Justice is Everybody's Business Coalition
    - Real Zero Europe Coalition
    - Kick Big Polluters Out coalition
    - Ban PFAS manifesto:

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Donations, Grants

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Open Society Foundation 139,432€
    Contribution Adessium Foundation 115,000€
    Contribution Isvara Foundation 96,000€

    Other financial info

    Corporate Europe Observatory’s expenses for interest representation activities in 2021 were €369,189. It is very important that think tanks & NGOs are required to declare their lobby spending and we regret that the 2021 register revamp no longer requires this. As discussed above, since November 2021 we declare all campaign and communications staff as working 50% on activities aimed at directly or indirectly influencing the EU institutions. This reflects our objectives and work.

    In 2021 our grants income was received from these funders:

    Open society foundation, €139,432
    Adessium foundation, €115,000
    Isvara Foundation, €96,000
    Funders for fair trade, €80,000
    Olin foundation, €60,000
    Oak foundation, €52,000
    Rockefeller Brothers foundation, €41,700
    Fondation CL Mayer pour le Progress de l'Homme, €40,000
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, €32,000
    European Climate Foundation, €30,479
    RESET, €18,149
    Global green grants foundation foundation, €16,621
    Ecology Trust, €13,000
    Grassroots Foundation, €10,000
    CS Marin, €1,908
    Total grants income: €746,289

    In addition, we received these large contributions and donations in 2021:
    GRAIN, €2,233
    Friends of the Earth Europe, €16,950
    Greenpeace, €10,113
    Ms Karde-Marie Wirtz, €42,000

    Full accounts for 2008-2021:

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    Full accounts for 2008-20 are available on our website:

  • Meetings


    18 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 publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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