Apart from supervisory and budgetary responsibilities, the European Parliament is the arena for democratic debate on EU-level issues and actions. It has great influence over several important decisions, such as European chemicals policy.

A problem in the European Union is the discrepancy of outside influence. Earlier this year, Corporate Europe Observatory released a report describing how corporate interests influence decisions in the law-making process within the EU Commission, arguing that civil society groups are unable to match the privileged access and financial resources of the corporate sector.

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A result from this extensive lobby work is that draft decisions from the EU Commission tend to favour industry more than they should.