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Overview

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)

1.65 Fte (6)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

0

High-level Commission meetings

6

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    LobbyControl

    EU Transparency Register

    6314918394-16 First registered on 15 Sep 2008

    Goals / Remit

    LobbyControl promotes transparency and a vivid democracy. We campaign for more transparency and a legal, institutional and societal framework that limits the improper influence of lobbyists on both politics and the public at large. Our organisation moreover works to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups on EU policy-making. LobbyControl was founded in 2005. We are committed to transparency about EU interest representation. We have been campaigning for this register since 2005 and have witnessed progress. Still the register fails to provide full EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. For example, all organisations in the register should be asked to provide a lobby budget.

    Main EU files targeted

    - Ethical Reforms after the @Qatargate Scandal in the EP
    - Defence of Democracy Package
    - Directive on Combating Corruption
    - Implementation of the Interinstitutional Agreement on a mandatory Transparency Register of all three institutions
    - Ethics Committee for all three institutions
    - Implementation of Digital Services Act (DSA)/Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the lobbying around it
    - Green New Deal, gas package and the lobbying around it
    - lack of legislative and lobbying transparency in the work of the Council. We looked at Council initiatives and decisions on strengthening legislative transparency as well as on corporate sponsorship of Presidencies
    - Regulatory Scrutiny Board
    - Trade policy
    - LobbyControl is together with the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory Operator of the Lobbyfacts.eu platform

    Address

    Head Office
    Am Justizzentrum 7
    Köln 50939
    GERMANY
    EU Office
    Am Justizzentrum 7
    Köln 50939
    GERMANY

    Website

  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    6

    Employment timeLobbyists
    75%1
    50%1
    10%4

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    1.65

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 20 Apr 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Laura GROSSE 29 Oct 2019 29 Apr 2020
    Ms Nina KATZEMICH 27 Jun 2019 27 Jun 2020
    Mr Max BANK 19 May 2018 18 May 2019
    Ms Nina KATZEMICH 19 May 2018 18 May 2019
    Mr Max BANK 29 Mar 2017 10 Mar 2018
    Ms Nina KATZEMICH 29 Mar 2017 10 Mar 2018
    Mr Max BANK 25 Feb 2016 24 Feb 2017
    Ms Nina KATZEMICH 25 Feb 2016 24 Feb 2017

    Complementary Information

    Since the transparency register started, we and other transparency organisations have disclosed the names of our lobbyists here - we see this is as an important part of lobbying transparency.

    This is not allowed anymore since a new version of the register is being implemented. We object to this as it is a step back in lobbying transparency.

    All staff members lobbying for LobbyControl are registered by name in the German Transparency Register: https://www.lobbyregister.bundestag.de/suche/R000176/7201?backUrl=%2Fsuche%3Fq%3DLobbyControl%26page%3D1%26pageSize%3D10%26sort%3DREGISTRATION_DESC

    3 of them have been lobbying the EU-Institutions. For more information you can turn to Lobbycontrol directly.

    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

    Category

    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    LobbyControl is a member of
    - the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU, www.alter-eu.org),
    - ENCO network
    - German network for Corporate Accountability (CorA, www.cora-netz.de),
    - Allianz „Rechtssicherheit für politische Willensbildung“
    - LobbyControl is operator of the EU data portal "Lobbyfacts" (together with Corporate Europe Observatory)

    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

    1,888,054€

    Major funding types in closed year

    Other, Member's contribution, Donations

    Major contributions in closed year

    TypeNameAmount
    Contribution Spenden Privatpersonen 791,526€
    Contribution Mitgliedsbeiträge Privatpersonen 821,929€
    Contribution Zuwendungen Olin 100,000€
    Contribution Zuwendungen Schöpflin-Stiftung 124,456€
    Contribution Zweckbetrieb Lobbyführungen, Warenverkauf und Sonstiges 50,143€

    Other financial info

    LobbyControl regrets that non-commercial organisations don't have to give a Lobbybudget anymore. This leads to a lack of comparability of the data. The public will misunderstand this and compare lobbybudgets and general budgets. We are discussing this temporarily with the EU-Institutions. Meanwhile we give our lobbybudget voluntarily here:

    LobbyControl's EU lobby budget in 2022 was: € 86.000 (calculated from the previously valid factors such as personnel costs, rent, material costs,...).

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    none

    Groups (European Parliament)

    Anti-corruption

    Communication activities

    2023:
    - Online-Petition: Gesetzgebung darf keine Geheimsache sein https://www.lobbycontrol.de/lobbyismus-in-der-eu/gesetzgebung-darf-keine-geheimsache-sein-2-105162/
    - press conference refering to the reactions of the Parliament to Qatargate
    - open letter together with other NGOs regarding the planned foreign agents law
    2022:
    - Letter to Vera Jourova on the implementation flaws of the new transparency register https://www.alter-eu.org/sites/default/files/documents/220202%20letter%20transparency%20register%20implementation_0.pdf
    - legal opinion on the Enforcement of the Digital Markets Act
    - Letter to the EU Parliament about necessary consequences following from the Kaili scandal together with the ALTER-EU network https://www.alter-eu.org/documents/2022/12/alter-eu-demands-in-reaction-to-the-kaili-scandal
    2021
    - Study: The firepower of the Big tech lobby https://www.lobbycontrol.de/2021/08/neue-studie-zur-lobbymacht-von-big-tech/
    - research and blogposts about the power of Big Tech and the lobbying around DSA and DMA
    - Letter to Thierry Breton and Margrethe Vestager warning of the aggressive and intransparent lobbying by Big Tech Companies on the Digital Services Act/Digital Markets Act
    2020
    - blogposts and articles about Germany's blocking of the EU proposal on the disclosure of Income Tax Information of transnational corporations
    - Report together with Corporate Europe Observatory: Tainted Love - Corporate Lobbying and the upcoming German EU Presidency

    Other activities

    LobbyControl campaigns for more transparency and a legal, institutional and societal framework that limits the improper influence of lobbyists on both politics and the public at large.

    We concretely campaign for a better EU transparency register, more balanced expertise and more balanced lobbymeetings, stricter rules against conflicts of interests, as well as more transparency of decision making in all three institutions with a focus on the least transparent institution, the council.

    We engage to expose the privileged access and undue influence big business often enjoys in all three institutions. We focus on certain fields like digital or climate politics, when we have the impression that the lobbying taking place or the priviledged access of certain groups resulted or will result in corporate capture

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    6 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: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 15 Nov 2022 Location Online
      Subject Lobby control.
      Cabinet Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager
      Portfolio Europe Fit for Digital Age
      Attending
      • Werner Stengg (Cabinet member)
    • Date 01 Mar 2022 Location Videoconference
      Subject Transparency register
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Věra Jourová
      Portfolio Values and Transparency
      Attending
      • Alvaro De Elera (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 21 Oct 2021 Location Videoconference
      Subject DMA
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton
      Portfolio Internal Market
      Attending
      • Filomena Chirico (Cabinet member)
    • Date 15 Jul 2021 Location Videoconference
      Subject DSA and DMA
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton
      Portfolio Internal Market
      Attending
      • Filomena Chirico (Cabinet member)
    • Date 01 Mar 2017 Location Brussels
      Subject Transparency Register
      Cabinet Cabinet of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans
      Portfolio Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
      Attending
      • Antoine Colombani (Cabinet member)
      • Michelle Sutton (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 02 Jul 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject Transparency notably of TiSA
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Cecilia Malmström
      Portfolio Trade
      Attending
      • Jon Nyman (Cabinet member)
      • Maria Asenius (Cabinet member)
      • Joakim Larsson (Cabinet member)
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