Corporate Europe Observatory

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Corporate Europe Observatory
MottoWe expose the power of corporate lobbying in the EU.
Budget (2018)
705,386.75 €

The Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a non-profit research and campaign group whose declared aim is to "expose any effects of corporate lobbying on EU policy making". It is based in Brussels.[1]

The team (2015) consists of Belén Balanyá, Olivier Hoedeman, Nina Holland, Erik Wesselius, Martin Pigeon, David Lundy, Pia Eberhardt, Kenneth Haar, Nicolas Klepinine, Pascoe Sabido, Lora Verheecke, and Vicky Cann. Roel van den Bosch is CEO's financial administrator.[1]


Corporate Europe Observatory carries out research and publishes reports on corporate lobbying activities at the EU 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 monitors 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.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ a b "About CEO | Corporate Europe Observatory". Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  2. ^ "Bursting the Brussels Bubble". Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  3. ^ "About the Awards | Worst EU Lobbying Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2014-02-02.

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