Politicians are increasingly changing costumes, like actors usually do, to suit the script.
In Brussels, European Commissioners or Members of the European Parliament are more and more often changing their deciton-maker suits for costumes that lobbyists wear.
In this short film, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and LobbyControl argue that close relationships between the EU executive and the corporations it regulates opens the door to corporate capture and potential conflicts of interest.
In Brussels, the distinction between working as an advisor, or as a lobbyist, can be as thin as a fine pinstripe. Rules at the European Parliament are shockingly few. There’s not much preventing the representation of corporate interests during and after an MEP’s tenure. So, can Europe trust its well-paid officials to put the public interest first?