Nominations are now open for the Worst EU
Lobbying Awards 2008, which this year includes a new category for the Worst
Conflict of Interest in the EU.
The Worst EU Lobbying Awards are an important
feature on the Brussels' calendar, putting the spotlight on the activities of
lobbyists behind closed doors which ultimately undermine democratic
The 2008 edition of the Worst EU Lobbying
Awards takes place against the backdrop of the European Commission's failed
attempt to make lobbyists' activities more transparent. In June this year, the
Commission asked lobbyists to register and to explain who they work for, and
how much money is involved. But the new lobbying register is voluntary and does
not require any meaningful financial information.
Pohl from Friends of the Earth Europe and one
of the organisers of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2008, said: "The Commission's new lobbying register allows
lobbying to continue as usual, without effective public scrutiny. By putting
some of this year's worst examples of EU lobbying under the spotlight, we want
to discourage such practices and foster transparency and democracy."
Nominations for the category of Worst EU
Lobbying Award can be made for any lobbying campaign which relies on deception,
misleading information, inappropriate favours or other improper lobbying
tactics to influence decision making within the EU.
A new category for the Worst Conflict of
Interest will also be awarded this year, with nominations sought for the MEP,
European Commissioner or other member of EU staff whose background, other jobs
or liaisons with special interest lobbyists raise the most serious concerns
about their ability to act impartially and in the public interest.
Nominations can be submitted online at www.worstlobby.eu/2008 until Friday
12th September 2008. Voting opens online on Wednesday 15th October and closes
on 27th November ahead of the final count. The Awards Ceremony will take place
in Brussels in the second week of December.
The Worst EU Lobbying Awards is organised by
Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and
For more information, please contact:
Erik Wesselius, Corporate Europe Observatory,
+ 31-30-2364422, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Pohl, Friends of the Earth Europe,
mobile: + 32-498-492563, Christine.email@example.com
Ulrich Mueller, LobbyControl, +49 221 1696507
or mobile: +49 170 3110089, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or see www.worstlobby.eu/2008