The Brussels Business

Synopsis: THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS is a docu-thriller that dives into the grey zone underneath European democracy. An expedition into the world of the 15,000 lobbyists in the EU-capital, of the PR-conglomerates, think tanks and their all embracing networks of power and their close ties to the political elites.
85 min

European Union is about ...

... The Commission, the Council of

Ministers and the European Parliament.

But there is also another

world behind that, which is ...

... how to influence

the institutions?

To make a text.

To give a good idea. To ...

... propose amandmans, to

try to find you in the text ...

... depending on the interests of

people who are willing to push for.

In the mid '90s ...

... we have come across so may examples

of EU policies that are basically ...

... captured by the industry

and industry lobbying.

We felt it was really

fundamental problem here ...

... the influence of industry

is excessive. And ...

... we decided to setup a group

to document examples ...

... and to start developing a strategy

to rollback this excessive influence.

That's how it started.

In the early '90s I was working as

enviromental campaigner within NGO ...

... based in Amsterdam,

cooperating with other ...

... enviromental NGO's

across Europe.

One day in the summer of 1993.,

I remember that fax came in ...

... the fax machine in the office and

it came from the south of France ...

... from local

environment group.

The group was

fighting against ...

... motorway that was planned

to go through the valley ...

... in the area they lived.

In the valley of D'Aspe.

Ecologically very important area.

Very beautifull area.

The group asked if we knew

more about the role of the EU ...

... and specifically the European

Commission in this motorway project.

So we started

looking into this.

We discovered that this

motorway project ...

... was part of something called

Trans-European Networks.

Trans-European networks

was the biggest ...

... infrastructure project

in the history with ...

... estimated budget

of 400 billion euro's.

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