Brussels, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) – The Qatargate storm is still hitting and battering the European Union and it’s key structure. The integrity of the EU institutions are in great doubt. The Qatar affair is just small chunk of the lobbying activity where Russia has paid more than 300 million euros since 2014 to impact decision makers in Europe. If all the doors are open, and if all the secrets are told, I’m certain it will be the end of the European Union. Gulf countries such as Bahrain, UAE and Saudi Arabia are very active lobbying in Brussels equipped with lobbyists, PR experts/firms and funded NGOs. No one is innocent.
China, Russia, Drugs, Tobacco companies and many giant corporations take the lion share of the money being poured into lobbyists to influence decision makers in Europe particularly the European Parliament. Not only this, we should not be selective when it comes to Qatar and we must also open our eyes to its neighbours who are very active in influencing the European Union institutions including the European Parliament.
For example Gazprom-lobby of the Russian oils giant was till recently very hot topic and subject to parliamentary work.
The European Parliament adopted a text titled Foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union – European Parliament resolution of 9 March 2022 on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, including disinformation2020/2268(INI)
Manon Aubry MEP accused lobbyists supported by companies of sabotaging the efforts to bring more accountability into the European parliament. She wrote, “lobbyists worked behind the scenes to sabotage our proposal. DigitalEurope (counting Apple, Amazon, Bayer, Samsung among its members), EuropeanIssuers (Total, BNP, Unilever), AFEP (representing large French companies), MEDEF and of course BusinessEurope (the European employers’ federation with more than 4 million euros of annual lobby budget) did everything to nip the proposal in