How are ‘tech giants’ applying pressure in the EU? | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


The technology giants in the world are seeking to impose and extend their control to control the technological political agenda within the European Union, through the deployment of a network of hundreds of companies, groups and business associations, which contribute directly or indirectly to controlling the political and economic landscape.

In a report published by the Spanish newspaper, El Salto Diario, it revealed the pressure lobbies exercised by global modern technology giants, within European institutions, such as Facebook and Google.

On Tuesday, the European Companies Observatory issued a report revealing the network of influence of modern technology giants in the European Union, and also mentioned the amount of spending on the technology industry, to influence the digital political scene in Europe.

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The European Companies Monitor report stated that the leaders of the tech giants spend a total of 97 million euros annually, to put pressure on European institutions. These costs have also highlighted the fact that modern technology policy has transformed the corridors of the European Parliament, from a decade-old regime of supremacy in pharmaceuticals, fossil fuels, finance and chemical products, to a bastion of pressure campaigns on digital policy within the European Union.

Only ten companies are responsible for nearly a third of the total spending for technology lobbying in Brussels (EU)

It is worth noting that the tech army is widespread in Brussels, where the study found that 612 companies, organizations and associations spend more than 97 million euros each year to pressure the EU’s digital economy policies.

The company has submitted the data to the EU Transparency Register until mid-June this year.

Through this report, it was found that only ten companies are responsible for a third of the total technology spending, as follows: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Intel, Qualcomm, Facebook, IBM, Vodafone and Huawei, which together spend more than 32 million euros, trying to influence the The European Union’s Technology Policy Agenda.

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The newspaper also pointed out that the process of developing the new package of measures related to digital services is a clear example of the effect of the double game, which is played by modern technology companies to put pressure on the European Union.

On the other hand, the report warned of the industry’s access to the European Commission, especially with the participation of pressure groups in three-quarters of the commission’s 270 official meetings.

In a related context, the European Parliament’s deputy, anti-capitalist Miguel Orbán, allowed pressure groups to cross through the corridors of European institutions. According to the parliament’s deputy, the spending of these funds by the lobbyists, is of economic benefit to the European Union.

In addition to the growth of the digital economy and the development of technology, the European Parliament deputy points out that these funds help the European Union to invest and technological innovation, and according to his statements the pressure groups on digital policy in the European Union, contribute significantly to important investments for the advancement of the European technology sector.

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Some experts from the European Business Observatory explained that “the mentioned meetings, and the lobbying strategies, show the growing firepower of large technological lobby groups and the digital industry as a whole, which reflects the large and growing role of the sector in society.”

The report added that “it is remarkable, and should be a concern, that platforms could use these weapons, to ensure that their voices, whether dissenting or critical, are heard in the debate about how to build new platforms for digital platforms.”

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The report also noted that “these pressure groups have become present in the European Parliament and Council, and despite the lack of transparency, we are beginning to see the effects of these lobbies, on large companies in the capitals of the European Union, such as Tallinn (Estonia).”

What is the role of NGOs and SMEs?

Lobbying is not limited to the founder of Facebook or Amazon. According to the report, oil companies also fund anti-climate reporting, and technology companies in Brussels fund a vast network of think tanks, associations of small and medium-sized companies and start-ups, and legal and economic consultancy, to influence and consolidate their control over the public landscape.

In contrast, it is very difficult to know the consequences of the repercussions of Silicon Valley pressure and control on the European scene, which are often hidden through potential conflicts of interest, but the investigation indicates that as many as 14 experts and NGOs, have close relationships with large technology companies. In the world, through which it seeks to impose its control and control the votes according to its political and economic interests.

In conclusion, European Business Monitor stressed, “Some of these companies have played a particularly active and important role in discussions about the digital service package, by organizing exclusive or biased discussions on behalf of their organizations or by publishing dangerous reports.”

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