Among ordinary citizens, one of the most enduring images of the EU is that of the ‘gravy train’ – MEPs and bureaucrats in Brussels determined to get their hands on as many taxpayer-funded perks as possible. Given the EU’s continuing popularity crisis, …
CEO is an anti-lobbying lobby group; a group fighting for transparency through opaque means and funding; an anti-globalisation front group attacking front groups. They must be exhausted living with these contradictions.
Why did Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas sheepishly stand up and say: “Never mind that the Icelandic volcano is continuing to blast – you can fly now”. What a disappointing debut for Siim in his new post – he used to be so good at standing up to lobbyists.
This is made in America but I don’t see why it could not apply to European Lobbyists ! This is humorous and awfully cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1q3Yz0gr…
Sir, the discussion about an EU register for lobbyists in Brussels seems to shift to a rather technical issue currently, forgetting about the big picture. But lobbyists and institutions in Brussels should rather not lose the broad perspective and learn from Washington’s respective experiences – both the good and the bad ones: Being the centre… » read more
Western societies are largely driven from interest groups, constantly attempting to influence governments to legislate in their interest or prevent legislation susceptible of hurting their interests. It is the prerogative and duty of democratic governments to arbitrate between competing lobby interests and define the common interest of all citizens. In doing so, they should listen… » read more
As ever more national legislation within Europe is aligned to laws created and set in Brussels lobbying in Europe assumes growing importance. But the question of where and who to lobby is critical. An August 2006 seminar in networking in Europe provided some useful pointers in where to start Networking in the European Union. The… » read more