How lobbyists rewrite Europe's laws

Publication date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2011
John O'Donnell
Media title: 

Lobbying a growing trade, helped by bankers
'Normal' practice in Brussels would shock Washington
Few MEPs see conflict of interest in second jobs


"Last year, more than 4,700 lobbyists registered for an identity card - brown to distinguish them from the white ones regular visitors use. The increase has been disguised by the absence of reliable records, according to Alter EU, a group that is pressing for greater transparency. It puts the number of Brussels lobbyists at 15,000."