I feel the need to enlighten the public on the way the European Union functions, or rather malfunctions. For most readers, this could come as a great shock : how can one imagine that the legislator no longer legislates and that he delegates his legislative power to obscure cenacles called “trilogues” ?
Today, being a lobbyist is considered to be bad. A defender of business, of multinationals, of capitalism, ... and by extension of pesticides, intensive agriculture and junk food. That is the image ! The aim of this book is not to correct this image, but to provide elements of appreciation and to give a form of objectivity to the debate.
Daniel Guéguen is the longest serving EU lobbyist. He is the former head of the European sugar lobby and then of the European farmers unions. Now a consultant, he is at the heart of the lobbying issues that make the news. Longtime professor in the United States, notably at Georgetown and Harvard. Now at the College of Europe. Multi-author, editorialist, blogger, Daniel Guéguen remains a convinced pro-European, but fiercely critical of an opaque, bureaucratic and, to put it bluntly, anti-democratic system.
I Am not the Captain of the EU Ocean Liner… But I Am Certainly One of Its Engineers
There Is Nothing Good About the Treaty of Lisbon
Comitology and Delegated Acts. The Lowest EU Civil Servant Is Now the Master of the Union
The “Better Regulation” package, so badly named…
NGOs: A Remarkable Organisation and Influence
Have Industry Lobbyists Become Incompetent?
Recent Bureaucratic Follies of the European Union
The Opportunity of a Major Crisis Should Never Be Wasted