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 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

6.5 Fte (13)

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. We 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. We also regret that the names of individual lobbyists can no longer be provided.

    Main EU files targeted

    - The Commission work programmes: 2023, 2024
    - Implementation of EU Transparency Register & ethics rules for Commissioners, EU officials, and MEPs
    - Legislative & lobby transparency, and corporate influence of Council of the EU
    - Transparency of covert interference by third countries  and the 'Defence of Democracy package' 
    - Founding regulations, rules on conflicts of interest, transparency issues at EU agencies including European Banking Authority
    - Reg. EC 18/2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms
    - EU pesticide legislation including the Farm to Fork policy, new pesticide reduction law (SUR), the proposed EU export ban of pesticides banned for use in EU, and the renewal procedure for authorisation of glyphosate
    - Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability & its implementation via new REACH revision, and new PFAS regulation
    - EU position at climate negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    - Projects of Common Interest
    - Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality (‘European Climate Law’)
    - 30 Nov 2022 Proposal for a Regulation on an EU certification for carbon removals
    - 18 May 2022 RePower EU Plan
    - 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
    - 2022/0051(COD) Proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937
    - Electricity Market Design
    - EU competitiveness beyond 2030 & 30 years single market
    - The enforcement mechanisms related to the Single Market: the Commission’s complaint mechanism, the notification procedure in the field of technical regulation and the services notification procedure, the 2020 Proportionality Test Directive
    - Vade-Mecum on public procurement in the European Commission
    - Strategy for financing the transition to a sustainable economy
    - European Semester & related procedures
    - Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC COM/2020/825
    - 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')
    - Artificial Intelligence Act
    - Proposal to improve the working conditions of people working through digital labour platforms
    - EU coronavirus vaccine strategy, contracts, and roll-out, and the proposal for a TRIPS-waiver of Covid related therapeutics


    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

    1 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 27 Feb 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Marcella VIA 30 Nov 2023 07 Nov 2024
    Ms Martha MYERS-LOWE 06 May 2023 31 Jan 2024
    Ms Margarida da Silva 05 Nov 2019 31 Oct 2020
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 11 Sep 2019 01 Oct 2020
    Ms Luisa IZUZQUIZA 15 Jun 2019 01 Jul 2020
    Ms Nina Holland 13 Apr 2019 01 May 2020
    Mr Martin Pigeon 05 Apr 2019 04 Apr 2020
    Ms Margarida da Silva 26 Oct 2018 26 Oct 2019
    Ms Nina Holland 03 Feb 2018 02 Feb 2019
    Ms Lora Verheecke 30 Jan 2018 31 Oct 2018
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 07 Dec 2017 06 Dec 2018
    Ms Margarida da Silva 01 Nov 2017 26 Oct 2018
    Mr Martin Pigeon 05 Oct 2017 27 Sep 2018
    Ms Nina Holland 26 Oct 2016 25 Oct 2017
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 19 Oct 2016 18 Oct 2017
    Mr Martin Pigeon 13 Oct 2016 05 Oct 2017
    Ms Margarida da Silva 30 Sep 2016 29 Sep 2017
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 07 Jun 2016 04 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 05 Jun 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 27 Jan 2015
    Mr Erik Wesselius 05 Jul 2014 03 Jul 2015
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 01 May 2014 04 Jun 2015
    Mr Martin Pigeon 01 May 2014 05 Jun 2015
    Mrs Nina Holland 01 May 2014 27 Jan 2015
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 01 May 2014 05 Jun 2015
    Mrs Leontine Hogervorst 05 Feb 2014 18 May 2014
    Mrs Victoria Lucy Cann 02 Oct 2013 22 Feb 2014
    Mr Ivan Mammana 21 Jun 2013 22 Feb 2014
    Mr Richard Olivier Hoedeman 18 Apr 2013 17 Apr 2014
    Mrs Maria Belen Balanya Vidal 18 Apr 2013 02 Mar 2014
    Mr David Sanchez Carpio 13 Apr 2013 03 Oct 2013
    Mr Erik Wesselius 13 Apr 2013 02 Apr 2014
    Mrs Ester Arauzo Azofra 13 Apr 2013 02 Mar 2014
    Mr Kenneth Haar 13 Apr 2013 12 Feb 2014
    Mr Martin Pigeon 13 Apr 2013 12 Apr 2014
    Mrs Nina Holland 13 Apr 2013 12 Apr 2014
    Mr Pascoe Sabido 13 Apr 2013 12 Apr 2014
    Mrs Pia Eberhardt 13 Apr 2013 15 Feb 2014
    Mrs Rachel Tansey 13 Apr 2013 03 Oct 2013
    Mr Martin Konecny 13 Apr 2013 05 Oct 2013

    Complementary Information

    Since November 2022, we declare all campaign and external communication staff as working 50% on activities aimed at directly and indirectly influencing the EU institutions. 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. Not all 13 persons mentioned above worked for CEO for the full year of 2022, and as mentioned above, we estimate these worked 50% of their time on EU influencing. Overall, the total figure would be the equivalent of 5 FTE. We consider that if other registrants, in particular corporations, trade associations, consultancies, and law firms, took a similar approach and fully declared staff and budget spent directly and indirectly influencing the institutions, the amounts declared 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)
    - 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:
    - Stop Glyphosate:
    - SET-Network (Social-Ecological think-tanks network)

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    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 Adessium Foundation 115,000€
    Contribution Isvara Foundation 100,000€
    Contribution Open Society Foundation 144,532€
    Contribution Polden Puckham Charity Fund 119,325€

    Other financial info

    Corporate Europe Observatory’s expenses for interest representation activities in 2022 were €441,480. It is very important that think tanks & NGOs are required to declare their lobby spending and we regret that the 2021-22 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 2022 our grants income was received from these funders:

    Open society foundation, €144,532
    Polden Puckham Charity Fund, €119,325
    Adessium foundation, €115,000
    Isvara Foundation, €100,000
    Energy Transition Fund, €66,667
    Olin gGmbH, €60,000
    European Climate Foundation, €41,098
    Oak Foundation, €40,874
    Fondation CL Mayer pour le Progress de l'Homme, €40,000
    Luminate / RESET, €39,036
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, €36,539
    Global GreenGrants Foundation, €26,039
    Grassroots Foundation, €20,000
    CS Marin, €19,114
    Total: €868,225

    In addition, we received these large contributions / donations in 2022 over €10,000:
    Ms Karde-Marie Wirtz, €30,000

    Our full accounts for 2008-2022 are available here:
    Our funders for 2023 are listed here:

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    Information on our events, campaigns, and publications is available on our website:

    Other activities

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

  • Meetings


    19 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.

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