Declared lobbyists: 20.5 FTE
Lobby spend: €2.75m – €3m (2016)
Think tank Friends of Europe is known for its flashy events and glossy publications, often sponsored by corporations. Its members include powerful individuals from chemicals companies such as Dow and BASF; oil giants like Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil; big tech firms such as Google, Facebook; and many more from the worlds of pharmaceutical, car, finance, defence and agribusiness.
Membership of Friends of Europe gets you exclusive access to dinner debates with top EU officials and other high-level gatherings. Influential personalities pepper the top ranks of this think tank. Presiding over the Board of Trustees is Belgian blue- blood Viscount Etienne Davignon, twice former Commissioner who helped to found the European Round Table of Industrialists.
An ex-European Parliament President, seven current or former commissioners, a handful of ex-MEPs and former Prime Ministers all also sit on the Board of Trustees.