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Georg Riekeles

EU lobbying clean-up — what happened to that?


Opinion article from Georg Riekeles in EU Observer: "Out of the mountain...came a mouse", as the French saying goes. Last December, a full chamber and a united Brussels applauded European Parliament president Roberta Metsola's solemn warning and call to action as the news of the Qatargate scandal broke: "Make no mistake, European democracy is under attack".

From Follow the Money

From Huawei to Shell: corporate lobbies unimpededly recruit former EU Parliament staff


Article from Follow the Money: In recent years, Huawei, Google and Uber have hired various former assistants of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to lobby for them. Although the European Parliament could have temporarily banned them from lobbying, it did not do so.

BASF lobbying

Chemical romance: how politicians fell for BASF


Story from Corporate Europe Observatory: The biggest chemical producer in the world, German company BASF is a political powerhouse and has used its influence to push back against chemicals regulation in the EU. No wonder, when its products include ‘forever’ chemicals and hazardous pesticides. Corporate Europe Observatory takes a look at the company's influencing tactics, as well as its scandals, from a massive carbon footprint to 'Cancer Alley'.

CC-BY-SA-4.0 Photographs by User:Tukka

EU lobby register still riddled with errors


Article from EU Observer: The EU's lobby register remains riddled with errors, as pro-transparency campaigners demand better data and mandatory oversight rules. The latest findings come amid a raft of proposals by the European Parliament president to weed out corruption in the wake of the Qatargate lobbying scandal.


Βίκι Καν: Δεν γίνεται να συναντούν λομπίστες κρυφά


Story from Documento, Greece: Στη συνέντευξη που παραχώρησε στο Documento η Βίκι Καν, διοργανώτρια εκστρατειών της ΜΚΟ Παρατηρητήριο της Ευρώπης των Πολυεθνικών, αναφέρεται στον τρόπο λειτουργίας της πλατφόρμας, αλλά και εξηγεί γιατί μια εταιρεία αποφασίζει να δώσει μεγάλα χρηματικά ποσά για λόμπινγκ στις Βρυξέλλες: ώστε να προωθήσει τα συμφέροντά της στους υπεύθυνους χάραξης πολιτικής της ΕΕ.

By Paul Clarke:

Eva Kaili’s sister seeks to scrub history from EU’s transparency archives


Story from When it comes to online records of past lobbying work, Eva Kaili’s sister Mantalena wants a clean slate.