Seattle to Brussels Network

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More than 15.000 professional lobbyists currently roam the corridors of the EU institutions, a large majority representing business interests. Without effective rules on transparency and ethics for lobbying, the influence of corporate lobbyists on EU policy-making has largely remained out of public sight. All too often, corporate lobbyists are being granted privileged access to EU decision-makers, frequently resulting in postponing, weakening or blocking urgently needed progress on social, environmental and consumer protection regulation … (full text EU campaign).

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About: The S2B network was formed in the aftermath of the WTO’s 1999 Seattle Ministerial to challenge the corporate-driven agenda of the European Union and other European governments for continued global trade and investment liberalisation. It has also developed as a response to the increasing need for European coordination among civil society organisations.  

Identity & Active Groups:

  • The network is called ‘Seattle to Brussels Network – Taking Action Against Corporate Globalisation’. The S2B network is the European part of the global Our World Is Not For Sale’ network OWINFS.
  • The S2B network includes development, environment, human rights, women and farmers organisations, trade unions, social movements as well as research institutes. Active groups in the Network are all supporters of the Statement ‘Stop Corporate Globalization: Another World Is Possible and of statements and open letters to the European Trade Commissioner.

Overall Goal:

  • Open the EU corporate-driven trade agenda to economic alternatives and heterodox policy options with the aim of transforming it into a truly sustainable, gender just development agenda.

Political Objectives:

  • Roll back the power and authority of the fora and agreements used to implement the EU’s corporate driven trade and investment agenda (WTO, EPAs, regional trade agreements, EU internal trade-related policy, etc);
  • Expose and challenge the undemocratic nature of EU decision making on trade issues;
  • Promote a sustainable, socially and democratically accountable system of trade.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Increasingly engage in co-ordinated campaign activities with broad participation that focuses on activities where pan-European civil society activity is essential for challenging decisions taken at EC and Council level (ie, work together on integrated activities);
  • Ensure that the network activities are co-ordinated with those of other global networks and reflect the concerns of Southern groups;
  • Develop a profile and visibility by expanding the capacity of the network to engage in diverse activities including grassroots campaigning, education and outreach, advocacy, research, monitoring, media work and mass mobilisation;
  • Maintain transparent and democratic ways of working together.

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