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Vote Now for the Worst EU Lobby Awards!

by nanne Sun Nov 19th, 2006 at 05:07:23 PM EST

Got an FFII mail in my inbox asking me to support their cause by participating in an online vote. Here's their explanation:

Corporate Europe Observatory (corporateeurope.org), an organization that keeps track of questionable lobbying tactics and EU institutions or officials who "have their ears a little too open for one side of the story", has nominated the European Commission's DG Internal Market for this year's "Worst Privileged Access Award": http://www.worstlobby.eu/selectwinner.php for "manipulating a consultation on EU patent policies".

Other nominees on the 'worst privileged access' side of the vote are Peter Mandelson, the Austrian and Finnish EU presidencies, Günther Verheugen and Günther Verheugen once again together with Vladimír Špidla.

Now the offences are all grave. I will, of course, recommend voting for the DG Internal Market. But here's a short argument:

I don't know about giving Mandelson any kind of award, think he's best left ignored, but you are all free to differ on that. What the Austrian and Finnish presidencies did strikes me as slightly less bad. The Austrians and Fins closed a single meeting, whereas the DG Internal Market manipulated an entire consultation. The offences of Špidla and Verheugen and Verheugen alone are on a similar level, though. (together, they closed off the policy on Corporate Social Responsibility to anyone but business interests, Verheugen alone set up several expert groups for policy advice that were dominated by big business)

But consider that Verheugen was already nominated twice. And then consider that you can get at Charlie McCreevy by voting for DG Internal Market.

On the other side, you can vote for worst lobbying. I'll vote for Exxon, but I'm not giving recommendations there.

Sorry, nanne, I didn´t comment before.  I read this yest., went to the pages, voted and kept reading.

This kind of action is the least I can do to participate in improving things and I cannot count how many petitions I have signed.  It may not be much, but it cannot hurt and it is essential to keep needling the system, to remember that it serves us, not itself/themselves.

Thank you.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Mon Nov 20th, 2006 at 01:56:04 PM EST

To add: this is indeed 'the least' one can do, which is also what I think sometimes. I'm adding my vote, or typing a few lines on the internets spreading the word, but what does it mean? Certainly doesn't redeem me from not doing enough. But if there are a lot of votes, the contest and maybe even the NGO behind it will gain in legitimacy and weight, which is worth something.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Mon Nov 20th, 2006 at 08:20:36 PM EST
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thanks for alerting myself to this. Got myself on spin watch.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 12:28:50 PM EST

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