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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.Switzerland5,000,000 - 5,250,000 €
ExxonMobil Petroleum & ChemicalBelgium4,750,000 - 5,000,000 €
Microsoft CorporationUnited States4,500,000 - 4,750,000 €
Shell CompaniesNetherlands4,250,000 - 4,500,000 €
Siemens AGGermany4,355,792 €
GDF SUEZFrance3,750,000 - 4,000,000 €
General Electric CompanyUnited States3,250,000 - 3,500,000 €
ASTRAMATIC, S.A.U.Spain3,000,000 - 3,250,000 €
Huawei TechnologiesChina3,000,000 €
Bayer AGGermany2,760,000 €

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
Belgium1662
Germany851
France703
United Kingdom658
Italy616
Spain411
Netherlands344
United States156
Austria154

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 EuropeUnited Kingdom10,000,000 €
Scottish Fishermen's FederationUnited Kingdom7,750,000 - 8,000,000 €
European Chemical Industry CouncilBelgium5,900,000 €
ANIA Association Nationale des Industries AlimentairesFrance4,750,000 - 5,000,000 €
European Banking FederationBelgium4,250,000 - 4,500,000 €
Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asblBelgium4,000,000 - 4,250,000 €
BUSINESSEUROPEBelgium4,000,000 - 4,250,000 €
Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.Germany3,630,000 €
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.Germany3,100,000 €

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