As the European Commission reaches half-time in its term of office, campaigners are calling for urgent action to address the bias towards corporate interests as evidenced by data on lobby meetings held by Commissioners.
'Dieselgate' was the result of corporate-driven deregulation, with both member states and European institutions complicit in turning a blind eye to industry-wide abuse, according to a report released today by Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe.
Tomorrow sees the new team of European Commissioners officially take office, with no sign of an end to the crusade for big business-friendly deregulation waged under the previous administration.
The new Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, looks set to oversee another five years of weakening of legislation and scrapping of rules, especially environmental and social protections, Friends of the Earth Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory are warning.
A new lobby data web tool has for the first time shown which companies, trade associations, lobby consultancies and law firms are the biggest spenders on EU lobbying activities.
A ruling by the European Ombudsman today that the European Commission should make its processes on revolving doors cases 'more robust' to avoid conflicts of interest, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Greenpeace, LobbyControl and SpinWatch.
More than 1330 MEP candidates signed the Politics for People pledge in the run up to the European Parliament election.
They promised, if elected, to ''stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business." This support makes Politics for People one of the most successful civil society pledge campaigns around the 2014 European parliament elections.
The European Business Summit kicks off today in Brussels – a two-day, €890-per-ticket gathering of industry executives and EU policy makers.
Today, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member, together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe, launched their campaign to urge candidates for the upcoming European elections to "stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business". 
Concerted lobbying from Europe's dirtiest industries has resulted in the gutting of EU climate and energy proposals, it has emerged today.
At the mid-way point of a week of trade talks between the EU and US, big business lobby groups are continuing to gain privileged access to negotiators.
Friends of the Earth Europe has learned today that the EU and US chief negotiators, as well as their respective negotiating teams, will attend a private reception in Brussels this evening hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and attended by major European business lobby groups such as BusinessEurope.