Exxon Mobile and DG Internal Market won the worst EU lobbying award 2006. Congratulations!
This year two categories were proposed because the organisers believe you need "two" for a tango:
- worst EU lobbying — for Lobby groups — and
- worst Privileged Access — for European institutions
In the second category a majority selected DG Internal Market because of their infamous 2006 patent policy consultation.
UK based Spinwatch writes:
In the category for the public official or institution that has granted the “Worst Privileged Access”, DG Internal Market got an even bigger share of the votes. This powerful European Commission department manipulated its stakeholder consultation process to legitimise its own controversial proposal for a single European patent system by marginalising critics.
Over 9400 people took part in an online poll to decide the winners of the awards.
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure was unfortunately not nominated, although our supporters often complain often about FFII lobbying but almost never about Exxon lobbying (Exxon, that is the guys with the oil that keeps your house warm and your car running). But it is nice to find out that at least our friends from DG Internal Market got the award for their patent policy consultation which was very much supported by FFII.
Will we make it next year?