Corporate capture We are pushing for more democratic, accountable, transparent, balanced and fair policy-making

20 February 2018

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen confirmed he had a lobby meeting with ex-Commission President Barroso who represented investment bank Goldman Sachs International. ALTER-EU (the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member) asked the European Commission to re-assess Barroso's job.

20 June 2017

More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.

Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women's rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.

Corporate capture undermines democracy. It refers to the process whereby big business influence policy-making processes - through privileged access, non-transparent lobbying, conflicts of interest, the revolving door between policymakers and industry lobby groups. This leads to the weakening, blocking or postponement of vital social and environmental legislation.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe challenges corporate capture. We are pushing for a more democratic and accountable European Union, and more transparent international policy negotiations. We demand the end of business’ undue influence over decision makers and greater lobbying transparency.

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  • Myriam Douo