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Google, Microsoft among biggest IT industry lobbyists at European Commission

Peter Sayer and Loek Essers | June 26, 2015
Google and its lobbyists have had more meetings with European Commission officials than any other company, according to figures published by Transparency International on Wednesday.

Transparency International can only analyze meetings entered into the database, something not everyone is scrupulous about doing. Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, hadn't updated his lobby meetings until the evening before the launch of the register. "He had been sloppy in logging his meetings over the last few months and he logged 70 meetings Tuesday night," said Freund.

So far, Oettinger has logged 115 meetings and in those he has only met with two civil society organizations, Freund said. "He seems to be taking his advice almost exclusively from the big tech companies," he said.


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