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Corporate intelligence firms make police-type organigrams of who is who in the EU capital (Photo: europarl.europa.eu)

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"Monitoring" — the trade term for detailed surveillance of EU institutions — accounts for 60 to 70 percent of EU lobby companies' activities in Brussels, contacts at leading firms say.

"You can't do anything unless you monitor what the EU institutions are doing," David Earnshaw, the EU chief of Burson-Marsteller, one of the biggest lobby companies in the city, told this website.

"Our clients are with us because we are their eyes and ears in Brussels and sometimes their mouth, bu...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Corporate intelligence firms make police-type organigrams of who is who in the EU capital (Photo: europarl.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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