Wednesday, June 24, 2015

European Officials Prefer Lobbyists Over Think Tanks

A new analysis released today by Transparency International shows that European officials hold many more "lobbying" meetings with corporate interests than think tanks.
Analysis of the 4,318 lobby meetings declared by the top tier of European Commission officials between December 2014 and June 2015 shows that more than 75% were with corporate lobbyists. This compares to 18% with NGOs, 4% with think tanks and 2% with local authorities.

Think Tank Watch analysis: no surprises here.  So without further ado, here are the top European think tanks that held lobbying meetings with European Commission officials during the past six months:
  1. Centre for European Policy Studies
  2. Bertelsmann Stiftung
  3. Bruegel
  4. European Policy Centre
  5. Policy Network and Communications Ltd.
  6. ETP ZEP
  7. Centre for European Reform
  8. Open Europe

The full report can be read here.  And Transparency International's new interactive lobbying tool, called EU Integrity Watch, can be found here.