Established in 2017, our Brussels-based European Union office is campaigning to ensure the EU has strong policies and laws to fight climate breakdown, tackle corporate injustice and prevent abuses of people and planet, for a  transition to a greener and more just world.

We are campaigning for the EU to:

- Introduce robust corporate accountability rules
- Curb the financing of deforestation
- End its support for new gas infrastructure

- Protect and support environmental defenders

- Introduce stronger regulation to prevent digital threats

Download our briefing: Campaigning for a Europe that delivers for people and the planet (PDF)

The EU is a major global political and economic power. Policies and legislation agreed in Brussels affect the lives of millions of people.  The EU also has a vital role to play in regulating financial institutions, investors and companies both within the 28 member states and beyond.

Though our EU office is fairly new, we have been shaping the EU legislative and policy agenda through our campaigning and advocacy for over a decade.

We exposed how mismanaged ‘golden visa’ schemes are enabling corruption on an unprecedented scale and opening Europe’s door to the criminal and corrupt. This led to the European Commission officially recognising that golden visa schemes threaten the EU’s collective security and its integrity and the European Parliament voting for the schemes to be phased out.

Our sustainable finance campaign has helped ensure new legislation in the European Union requiring investors to report on their due diligence to ensure they do not bankroll projects that contribute to climate change, deforestation, or human rights violations.

We have successfully campaigned for better rules to tackle conflict timber and secured changes to guidance on EU rules governing the trade in illegally harvested timber (EU Timber Regulation). We also worked with Member States and the European Commission to ensure better implementation of the EU Timber regulation, resulting in more checks by national authorities and fines for companies in breach of the law.

We secured groundbreaking new EU rules to reveal the true owners of companies based in the EU, through changes to the EU’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. This required all 28 EU member states to introduce public registers of the real (or beneficial) owners of companies by 2020 - a game-changer for tackling anonymous companies. We have been keeping EU countries’ feet to the fire to ensure proper implementation of the rules.

To find us or get in touch, see the contact page. For vacancies in this office, see the jobs listing. To keep up to date, follow:

- Rachel Owens, Head of the EU Office and EU Advocacy @rachelowens
- Richard Gardiner, Senior campaigner on sustainable finance and corporate accountability, @richardandrewg1
- Giulia Bondi, EU forests campaigner, @giuliabond

Polluting the process

The powerful Italian energy giant Eni is leading lobbying efforts in Europe, pushing for the EU to support climate-wrecking fossil gas - all whilst on the stand in the corporate corruption trial of the decade

Preventing corporate corruption through EU legislation

As the European Union moves ahead with plans to create a new law to protect people and the planet from the harmful impacts of business activity globally, it must ensure that this includes strong measures to tackle corruption.
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