Corporate Europe Observatory
The Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a non-profit research and campaign group which seeks to expose any effects of corporate lobbying on EU policy making. It is based in Amsterdam and Brussels.
The team (2010) consists of Belén Balanyá, Olivier Hoedeman, Nina Holland, Erik Wesselius, Yiorgos Vassalos, Martin Pigeon, David Leloup, Pia Eberhardt, Kenneth Haar and Helen Burley. Roel van den Bosch is CEO's financial administrator.
The Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) carries out research and publishes reports on corporate lobbying activities at the EU and also UN level.
CEO is one of the founders of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU). This coalition of over 160 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms complains about the influence of lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe.
In 2010 ALTER-EU published "Bursting the Brussels Bubble". This collection of articles provides an insight into decision-making in the European Union and explores some lobbying techniques.
CEO jointly organises the Worst EU Lobbying Awards, which are given to the lobby group which uses "the most deceptive, misleading or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making" in a given year.
- Official website
- Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)
- Worst EU Lobbying Awards
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