Lobbying is an interesting topic to me, although I know it is a controversial one.
Indeed, Member states play a huge role in EU decision-making, but often they act as puppets for corporate interests. As far as I know, today there are ca. 25,000 lobbyists working in Brussels; most of whom speak for the interests of corporations and their lobby groups.
Corporate lobbies actively influence decision-making, via national ministers and officials, to ensure that EU laws and policies suit their needs. These corporate lobbies include famous national brands; iconic sectors; high-spending EU trade associations; and more. The topics they cover are endless, going from climate change, finance, chemicals to data privacy, and many other issues.
Are they a threat to decision-makers and civil society, influencing member states? What structural changes are needed in their regards?
I think that something should be done not only by EU institutions, but also action by governments, both at national and regional levels.
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