The three largest U.S. airlines — including United Airlines — are all looking for a new top lobbyist at a time when their industry is coming under heavy scrutiny for the way it treats passengers. Lawmakers are zeroing in on the domestic airline industry after a passenger was forcibly removed from a United flight, suffering […]

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Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, President Donald Trump appears to be filling it with former lobbyists and consultants. The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior. Trump does require that former lobbyists not work on […]

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New research by LobbyFacts reveals that the 50 companies which declare spending the most on EU lobbying are spending 40 per cent more today than in 2012. In July 2012, the top 50 biggest company spenders on EU lobbying declared a total of €76,213,190 but by 2016, the top 50 declared spending €106,379,583, a 40 per cent overall […]

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Too many law firms in Brussels are absent from the EU lobby transparency register while clearly running EU lobbying services, says a new analysis  by ALTER-EU. Many of the nine law firms highlighted originate in the United States, where they are registered in the compulsory US lobby register. The boycott of the voluntary EU lobby […]

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2.1 Transparency Alleged lack of transparency continued to be the top issue brought to the attention of the European Ombudsman, accounting for 22.4% of complaints in 2015. Such cases concern, for example, the institutions’ refusal to grant access to documents or information. The strategic inquiry launched by the Ombudsman into transparency around the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade […]

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The EU’s top administrative watchdog wants lobbyists in Brussels to face big fines for not following the rules in the EU joint transparency register. The idea is part of her larger wishlist to track the lobbyist footprint on EU-level law-making and follows her announcement to launch a separate conflict of interest probe on how the […]

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Commission health chief Vytenis Andriukaitis wants the European Commission to be more transparent when it comes to tobacco lobbying and warned that EU institutions faced losing citizen’s trust if no action was taken. While Andriukaitis’ DG Sante was proactive in releasing details of meetings with the tobacco industry when the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive was […]

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Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans’ launch in March of a consultation to improve the EU lobby register came seven months late. Does it herald a genuine step forward towards improved lobby transparency in Brussels? A database of organisations working to influence EU legislation, the European transparency register was designed to boost the image and integrity of the institutions. The commission’s […]

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A turf war between the two most influential professional groups in Brussels, lawyers and lobbyists, is escalating ahead of a key decision by the European Commission that could change the way both sides do business. The question now is whether the lobbyists will get what they have been lobbying for: a U.S.-style reform which would force lawyers who lobby […]

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Spare a thought for big business lobbyists in Brussels. According to a blog on the website of the London School of Economics, they are supposedly “less successful than citizen groups at lobbying EU legislators”. If only. The authors of the blog (academics Andreas Dür, Patrick Bernhagen and David Marshall) make this claim off the back of their analysis of […]

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