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EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič in video-meeting on 30 March (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

Lockdown: EU officials lobbied via WhatsApp and Skype

Some lobbyists are "burning the phones" to EU officials in Brussels, as industry reacts to the pandemic shutdown.

Activity is less intense than in national capitals, where the big bailout money is up for grabs.

But EU institutions are also rewriting laws and policies on the hoof as the crisis develops, creating opportunities for industry to make its mark and prompting NGO concern on public scrutiny.

For Alber & Geiger, a German law firm in Brussels, the situation was "i...

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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.

EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič in video-meeting on 30 March (Photo: ec.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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