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Prix du pire lobbying européen 2008 : la nomination des candidats est ouverte !

dimanche 13 juillet 2008

Participez en proposant vos nominés pour deux thèmes : le prix du “pire lobbying européen” et le prix spécial du “pire conflit d’intérêt”.

Attention attention, l’édition 2008 du pire lobbying européen est lancé !
Organisé (en anglais) depuis 2005 par Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl et Spinwatch.

Participez en proposant vos candidats. Deux thèmes sont retenus cette année :
- Le principal prix du “pire lobbying européen” à décerner à qui aura influencé par les pires techniques le processus de décision européen.
- Le prix spécial du “pire conflit d’intérêt” pour les membres du parlement européen, commissaire ou personnalité officielle de la commission dont les liens directs et indirects avec des intérêts privés met sérieusement en doute leur capacité à agir dans l’intérêt public.

Nominations open for the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2008

Nominations are now open for the fourth edition of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards, which this year includes a new category for the Worst Conflict of Interest in the EU. The winner is decided by a public online vote – and you can also suggest candidates for the vote ! You can propose your nominations until 12th September, using the form below.

Why these Awards ?

The Worst EU Lobbying Awards aims to discourage controversial lobbying practices by exposing them to the public. Thousands of corporate lobbyists roam the corridors of power in Brussels. Operating out of the spotlight, many of them do not hesitate to employ improper methods, like pretending to be concerned environmentalists, buying science, secretly funding anarcho-capitalist think-tanks, or securing privileged access to EU decision-makers. In June this year, the European Commission asked lobbyists to register themselves in a public register and to explain who they work for, and how much money is involved. But the lobbying register is voluntary, and it is so weak and flawed that it does not prevent lobbyists from working in the dark.

Last year, German car makers BMW, Daimler and Porsche won the ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award 2007 for their misleading and scaremongering lobby campaign to water down EU curbs on CO2-emissions from passenger cars. The German Atomic Forum received the special ‘Worst EU Greenwash’ Award for its campaign “Germany’s unloved climate protectionists”, which tried to greenwash the image of nuclear power plants.

- More information about the Worst EU Lobbying Awards
- More information on last year’s winners

Categories in 2008

You can nominate candidates for two categories :
1. The main ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award : it is to be given to the lobbyist, company or lobby group that in 2008 has employed the most deceptive, misleading, or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making.
2. This year’s event also includes a special ‘Worst Conflict of Interest’ Award for the MEP, Commissioner or Commission official whose background, side-jobs or other liaisons with special interests raise the most serious concerns about their ability to act in public interest. This category has been introduced to highlight the need for the Institutions to act to clean up their own house - the past years have seen many cases of conflicts of interests and not much action by the institutions to prevent them.

Got o the nomination form.

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