The costs of a taxpayer-funded green lobby

Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have enormous influence in the European Union. However, some of the most vocal green groups are actually funded directly by the EU to lobby it. The EU funds many NGOs operating in Brussels whose main purpose is to influence EU policy-making and implementation.

This report analyses one programme of funding, in which DG Environment (the division of the European Commission responsible for environmental affairs) distributed over 766 million to environmental NGOs between 1998–2009.

Specifically, we examine funds allocated to the Green 10 – a coalition of ten NGOs pushing for an “environmental” agenda in EU policy-making.