Green group cries foul over advice to MEPs

Dispute over report to parliament’s environment committee puts spotlight on role of lobbyists

Political tensions over the role of lobbyists in EU policy making have returned to the surface in a row over a report on advanced medical therapies for the European parliament’s environment committee.

Environmental group Friends of the Earth attacked the report’s author, David Earnshaw, last Thursday, accusing him of a conflict of interest. Mr Earnshaw is managing director of leading Brussels-based government relations firm Burson Marsteller, which represents several pharmaceutical firms.

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