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A coalition of NGOs, comprised of Friends of the Earth Europe, the Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl and going under the banner LobbyFacts, has compiled a raft of data, extrapolated from the EU Transparency Register, to show the scale of lobbying of European Union politicians.

This LobbyFacts list ranks companies according to their declared expenditure on lobbying activities in the most recent year for which they have provided figures.

Organisation NameCountry of contactLobbying costs
Philip Morris International Inc. Switzerland 5,000,000 - 5,250,000 €
ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical Belgium 4,750,000 - 5,000,000 €
Microsoft Corporation United States 4,500,000 - 4,750,000 €
Shell Companies Netherlands 4,250,000 - 4,500,000 €
Siemens AG Germany 4,355,792 €
GDF SUEZ France 3,750,000 - 4,000,000 €
General Electric Company United States 3,250,000 - 3,500,000 €
ASTRAMATIC, S.A.U. Spain 3,000,000 - 3,250,000 €
Huawei Technologies China 3,000,000 €
Bayer AG Germany 2,760,000 €

This LobbyFacts list shows the number of registered lobby organisations per country of origin. However, please note that many lobby organisations are registered as being based in Belgium but they actually lobby on behalf of interests based in other countries.

CountryNumber of registered
Belgium 1662
Germany 851
France 703
United Kingdom 658
Italy 616
Spain 411
Netherlands 344
United States 156
Austria 154

This LobbyFacts list ranks trade associations according to their declared expenditure on lobbying activities in the most recent year for which they have provided figures. The list can also be sorted per country.

Organisation NameCountry of contactLobbying costs
Association for Financial Markets in Europe United Kingdom 10,000,000 €
Scottish Fishermen's Federation United Kingdom 7,750,000 - 8,000,000 €
European Chemical Industry Council Belgium 5,900,000 €
ANIA Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires France 4,750,000 - 5,000,000 €
European Banking Federation Belgium 4,250,000 - 4,500,000 €
Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl Belgium 4,000,000 - 4,250,000 €
BUSINESSEUROPE Belgium 4,000,000 - 4,250,000 €
Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Germany 3,630,000 €
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. Germany 3,100,000 €

For more detail on these tables, please visit the LobbyFacts website.