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InfoShot: EU tech lobbying spend 2014

The European Transparency Register has recently been updated to reflect how much 2014 the world’s biggest tech firms are spending on lobbying the European Union.

Much like 2013, Microsoft was the biggest tech lobbying spender in Europe, spending €4.5- 5 million [the figures don’t provide specific figures] trying to influence lawmakers. While the Windows giant only slightly increased its spend compared to the year before, Google’s increased dramatically. The search giant saw it’s spend increase from around €1.5 million in 2013 to around €4 million in 2014 – an almost three-fold rise and no doubt due to various legal challenges the company has faced in recent times.

Huawei again spent €3 million, while Intel, IBM Accenture and SAP all saw slight rises in their lobbying expenditure. eCommerce site eBay increased its spending at least four-fold from less than €100,000 to €4-500,000.

Last year tech companies spent some €25.5 million lobbying the EU, but those same companies spent more than three times that in the US – splashing out around €63 million. The year before those numbers were €16.5 million and €53 million respectively, showing that even if the EU numbers are smaller, they’re still growing at a rapid rate.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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