Corporate lobbying tends to thrive in the absence of public scrutiny, so the more of us who are getting informed and taking action, the better!
If you want to join the pushback against the corporate capture of the EU institutions in Brussels, here’s how to get started:
- Get informed
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The DIY section below also offers some tips for investigating corporate power yourself.
- Spread the word
Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about the threat which excessive corporate power poses to democracy. To help create greater awareness of corporate capture and the importance of lobby transparency and regulation, you can also contact your local, regional or national media to promote the coverage of these issues. Follow CEO and CounterBalance and share our research on Facebook and Twitter. (add share buttons!)
- Get involved
As an individual, join a grassroots activist movement or political group in your area to help curb corporate power and promote democratic decision making. As an organisation, join like-minded organisations, for example, in the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU). As a journalist, use the lobbyfacts.eu website for investigative projects, or contact us for comments.
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Do-it-yourself: How to investigate corporate power
If you’re looking to research the world of big business lobbying, there are a range of free tools online that can help:
- www.asktheeu.org was built by civil society organisations to help members of the public get information about the EU. You can view access to documents requests to the EU institutions and submit your own.
- www.lobbyfacts.eu provides essential data on lobbying in the EU institutions, with handy tools to search, sort, compare and analyse official EU lobby data from past and present.
- www.integritywatch.eu is a central hub for data that is often scattered and difficult to access, allowing you to search, rank, and filter information on Commission meetings with lobbyists, MEP incomes from second jobs, and the statistics of revolving door moves between the public and private sectors.
- corporateeurope.org revolvingdoorwatch offers in-depth analysis of key revolving door cases of commissioners, MEPs and other EU officials. Former lobbyists who have taken up jobs in the EU institutions are also featured.
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