back to article Google meets more EU apparatchiks than anyone else in Brussels

Google tops the list of companies lobbying in Brussels, according to a report published on Wednesday by Transparency International (TI). TI analysed the 4,318 lobby meetings declared by the top tier of European Commission officials between December 2014 and June 2015 and found the Chocolate Factory came out on top for …

  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Lobby...

    I want to do my share of lobby. Where I sign up for a meeting?

  2. Warm Braw Silver badge

    If only...

    ... there were a company that had the technical means to distribute recordings of these meetings across Europe and make the transcripts of the discussions searchable. Wouldn't decmocracy be so much better served?

    1. dogged

      Re: If only...

      A legitimate job for GCHQ?

  3. Daggerchild Silver badge

    Target confirmed sir

    "Google declares an EU lobby budget of around €3.5m per year." - thereg

    "Arch-rival Microsoft spent around the same as it did last year, with the equivalent of 7.2 full time lobbyists and a spending of €4-€5m)" - thereg

    Are you paying attention Google? Notice how nobody is worrying about Microsoft's lobbying. Not an EU peep, despite lobbing *double* your cash over the last two years.

    Why yes, I *am* intensely curious about where all that cash is going too.

    1. RyokuMas Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: Target confirmed sir

      Ah, but what about all the undeclared backhanders?

    2. dogged

      Re: Target confirmed sir

      where did you get the MS spend from? It's not in the article.

      1. Daggerchild Silver badge
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        Re: Target confirmed sir

        I find myself unable to give you the link.. and I don't know why...

      2. Daggerchild Silver badge

        Re: Target confirmed sir

        where did you get the MS spend from? It's not in the article.
        http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/29/google_doubles_eu_lobbying/

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