Worst EU Lobby Awards 2010

The Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 were launched today in Brussels.

The awards expose business attempts to undermine effective European action on climate change and financial regulation.

Corporate influence over governments is blocking desperately-needed measures to stop the worsening of the financial and climate crisis.

Members of the public can vote for the most deserving winner in this year’s two categories – climate and finance.

Online voting will run until 25 November 2010.

The aim of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards is to publicly expose and counter harmful corporate lobbying that undermines effective EU legislation on climate and finance.

Paul de Clerck, Friends of the Earth International

If lobbying at the EU was cleaned up we might see Europe leading the way in global climate talks. We might also see broad support for a Robin Hood Tax to tackle poverty and climate change, at home and abroad.

Nominees are:

Climate

  • BusinessEurope
  • ArcelorMittal
  • RWE

Finance

  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Goldman Sachs and derivatives lobby group ISDA
  • Hedge fund and private-equity lobby group AIMA and EVCA 

Nominees in both categories include companies and groups that have lobbied to block effective regulation.

Their lobbying is aimed at securing bigger profits for big business. The loser will be the European public.

The awards were launched by Evelyn Regner MEP and Dan Jørgensen MEP. Joining them at the launch was Lobby-Cleaner, the mascot of this year's awards.

Winners will be announced on 3 December 2010.