Brussels has come to compete with Washington as the world’s ‘most lobbied city’. The exact number of lobbyists in Brussels is impossible to gauge with precision, partly because many who lobby do not do so on a full-time basis but also act as lawyers, accountants, businessmen, and so on, and partly also because many of those who are really full-time lobbyists prefer to call themselves ‘consultants’, ‘advisers’, ‘policy specialists’, and the like. Nonetheless, the normal estimates of between 15,000 and 20,000 people making a living from ‘lobbying Brussels’ give an indication of the scale of lobbying activity.
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