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MEPs launch site for EU officials to report ‘shady lobbying’

By Jennifer Rankin

02 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A group of MEPs are setting up a website for European parliament staff, with the aim of alerting officials to suspicious tactics such as the use of front organisations. The Guardian has the story.

A group of MEPs are launching a website for European parliament staff and EU officials to raise the alarm about “shady lobbying” by big tech firms and other interest groups.

Paul Tang, a Dutch Social Democrat MEP who is co-leading the initiative, said the “lobby leaks hotline” would be an early warning system and was necessary as the parliament had faced “shady lobbying” from powerful tech companies seeking to influence its decisions. He cited practices such as so-called astroturfing, where large companies use front organisations to represent their interests by the back door.

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