Challenging the Commission’s Dangerous Liaisons with Big Business
28 November 2008 – Today, the Seattle to Brussels network called on the new Trade Commissioner Baroness Ashton to end the unholy alliance between DG Trade and business lobby group BusinessEurope with a mock wedding celebration. The ceremony took place outside the Charlemagne Building, the official home of DG Trade and the venue for BusinessEurope's "Going Global" conference on the Global Europe Strategy of international trade.
- Wedding ceremony celebrates EU Commission's love-in wedding ceremony with big business, Seattle to Brussels Network, press release, 28 October 2008.
- Pictures from the action: a "photo love story".
- More pictures from photographer Alexandre Seron.
- Euronews video of the mock wedding.
- Big business moves in with Commission; BusinessEurope conference on Global Europe at DG Trade premises, Corporate Europe Observatory, 17 November 2008.
The conference reflects the close working relationship established between DG Trade and BusinessEurope over the Global Europe trade strategy, which is revealed in the CEO report Global Europe: an open door policy for big business lobbyists at DG Trade.
- Global Europe: an open door policy for big business lobbyists at DG Trade, Corporate Europe Observatory, October 2008.
- Open letter to Barroso on the privileged access and undue influence of business interests in drafting and implementing the Global Europe strategy, Corporate Europe Observatory, 17 October 2008.
- Business Europe Out of Charlemagne Now!, Swedish MEP Jens Holm’s open letter to Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, 22 October 2008.
- End the Commission’s love affair with big business, advertisement in the European Voice, placed by CEO, Friends of the Earth and others to protest the dangerous liaisons between DG Trade and BusinessEurope, 23 October 2008.
- Complaint about the refusal of DG Trade to grant full access to the minutes of a meeting between Peter Mandelson and BusinessEurope representatives, Corporate Europe Observatory, 13 June 2008.