Sven Giegold

NEW DATE: Europe Calling “Lobby attack on climate protection – How lobbyism exploits the corona crisis” – Thu, 14th May – 8 p.m. CEST

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+++ New date due to technical cancellation +++

Dear friends, dear interested,


In the last few weeks, the voices of those who want to exploit the Corona Crisis in order to roll back adopted laws, lower climate ambitions or slow down new initiatives have been increasing. Because of the Corona Crisis, rules on air pollution are to be softened. Because of the Corona Crisis, the Europe-wide ban on disposable plastic products is to be withdrawn. Or: Because of the Corona Crisis, climate protection will have to be postponed. These are the absurd arguments currently used by industry lobby groups across Europe. In this edition of my webinar series “Europe Calling”, we want to shed some light on these lobbying strategies.


In order to emerge stronger from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus and create sustainable, crisis-proof jobs, we need investment in clean and future-proof technologies. But some industry representatives are not wasting any time to start undermining the foundation of a sustainable recovery. We therefore want to talk about the lobbyists’ attacks on climate and environmental protection


on Thursday, 14.5.2020 at 8 p.m. and discuss this issue with you.


Please register here: Registration 


I am excited to welcome two absolute experts in lobbying to our webinar. Christina Deckwirth is a political scientist in the Berlin office of the German pro-transparency NGO LobbyControl. Among other things, she deals with the influence of the car lobby on the German federal government. Margarida Silva works for Corporate Europe Observatory, where she is committed to uncovering and questioning the privileged access and influence of companies and their lobby groups in EU policy-making.


Please note: the webinar will be mostly in German with written translation into English.


This webinar is part of the “Grüne Europa Webinar” series of the German Greens in the European Parliament.


The interactive online format of Europe Calling and GrüneEuropaWebinare allows all participants to ask questions and join in the discussion. The discussion is open to all interested parties. The number of participants is limited, so register here: (technically necessary; see instructions below): Register directly here!


I am looking forward to discussing with you. Please, share this invitation with anyone interested.


With European green greetings

Sven Giegold


This is how Europe Calling and GrüneEuropaWebinare work:


To participate, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can follow the discussion from your sofa at home and have your say.


European discussions hardly reach many people, although they affect all of us. Via online events we can talk to each other about German and European politics without having to travel to one place. You see the discussion participants in a video window and can listen to them. You can join the discussion yourself via chat or microphone. All of this is easily done from a computer, mobile phone or landline. In this way, European politics comes directly to you without having to travel – almost like a panel discussion on site! These webinars on current topics can be attended by several hundred guests.


Register now for the webinar (technically necessary):


And there you go: Register for the webinar in advance using this link, follow the confirmation link sent by e-mail and then dial in at the start time of the discussion. All this is simple and self-explanatory: The speaker or a presentation is displayed on the screen. Via the chat, you can register word contributions or write them directly. As an alternative to the computer, you can also simply listen on the phone. And I as a moderator lead through the presentation and discussion.


Technical problems? My local assistant in the Düsseldorf office, Maximilian Fries, is available for questions before and during the discussion:

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