Corporate capture We are pushing for more democratic, accountable, transparent, balanced and fair policy-making

11 December 2020

Substantial support for fossil hydrogen will worsen global warming warns Friends of the Earth

The European Commission is set to propose to continue EU support and subsidies for fossil fuel infrastructure when it unveils a new framework for future energy investment next week.

3 December 2020

NGOs issue complaint to EU Commission over maladministration 

NGOs are accusing the European Commission of maladministration over the appointment of Ms. Nathalie Tocci, a director an Italian oil and gas major, as advisor on EU foreign policy. The conflict of interest involves Ms. Tocci’s dual role as a special advisor to EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and her role sitting on the board of one of Europe’s largest fossil fuel companies, Eni.

Corporate capture undermines democracy. It refers to the process whereby big business influence policy-making processes - through privileged access, non-transparent lobbying, conflicts of interest, the revolving door between policymakers and industry lobby groups. This leads to the weakening, blocking or postponement of vital social and environmental legislation.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe challenges corporate capture. We are pushing for a more democratic and accountable European Union, and more transparent international policy negotiations. We demand the end of business’ undue influence over decision makers and greater lobbying transparency.

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