Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.

The CEO team includes dozens of researchers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, etc. They network.

The operational team is based in Brussels, the legal staff is located in Amsterdam.


CEO aims to highlight the conflict of interests existing between transnational companies and European agencies responsible for the authorization of marketing of their products. CEO promotes lobbying transparency, and tackles revolving doors practices. The main subjects covered by CEO are issues related to environment, food and agriculture, economy and finance, and global trade.

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • mobilization, rally
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • legal and citizen watch, diffusion of information
  • research, analysis

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • law and justice
  • economy
  • agriculture and food
  • environment