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Profile of registrant

Greenpeace European Unit

Identification number in the register: 9832909575-41
Registration date: 29/10/08 22:39:31

The information on this organisation was last modified on 08/10/13 10:19:50
The date of the last annual update was 08/10/13 10:19:50

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Greenpeace European Unit
Legal status: Association sans but lucratif
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Jorgo Riss
Position: Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Riss Jorgo
Position: Director, Greenpeace European Unit

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 199 Rue Belliard 
Brussels 1040
Telephone number: (+32) 22741900
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Greenpeace is a global non-profit organisation that uses non-violent direct action to tackle the biggest threats to our environment. Greenpeace aims to protect and conserve nature and to promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, challenging the political and economic powers that can effect change, driving economically responsible and socially just solutions that offer hope for current and future generations, and inspire people to take responsibility for the planet. Greenpeace speaks for 2.9 million supporters worldwide.

Greenpeace European Unit is based in Brussels, from where we monitor the work of the EU institutions, expose deficient EU laws, challenge EU decision-makers to act responsibly in the public interest, and confront industry lobbies that undermine environmental protection in their pursuit of their private interests.

Greenpeace is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. Greenpeace believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. We therefore choose to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register includes names of individuals and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for their required activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of Greenpeace, carried out such activities.

Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. The guidelines can be found at
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 13
Complementary information: Currently (i.e. in June 2013) 13 members from Greenpeace European Unit staff are on the list for access to the European Parliament premises.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Joris DEN BLANKEN 02/10/13 30/09/14
Tara Connolly 11/07/14 08/07/15
Marco Contiero 30/07/13 26/07/14
Justine Maillot 11/07/14 08/07/15
Franziska Achterberg 11/07/14 08/07/15
Mark Breddy 08/10/13 04/10/14
Sébastien RISSO 02/10/13 30/09/14
Andromahi Sideridou 08/10/13 04/10/14


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

J Riss, M Sideridou, F Achterberg, F Thies, J den Blanken, K Stairs, M Contiero, S Richartz, J Maillot, S Risso, A Carta, T Connolly, F Thoma (worked as assistant to an MEP from 2005 to summer 2012) and D Geoghegan.
Also included are people from GP national and regional offices, some of whom spent less than 20% of their time on lobbying activities or their preparation. (Due to the limited amount of characters allowed, we could not list full names.):
G Simon HU M Santen DE J Freidinger CZ U Kallee DE A Helms AT K Rodics HU HL Winter DK J Isakson SE CO Martinez ES M Figura PL A Lazou GR T Maack DE H Bourges FR H van Bekkem NL l Bruun (International) M Hofstetter DE D Belusa DK S Krug DE J Kerschbaumsteiner AT I Cepraga RO J Jerabek AT L Edge UK J Frignet FR S Harkki FI M Suomela FI D Parr UK D Belusa DK C Campione IT M Holbach LU D Zimmerman DE M Hofstetter DE W Wiskerke NL M Krüger SE J Hulsens BE D van Oijen NL A Lambrechts BE F Amiel FR
The salaries of Rodics and Figura were funded by the Oak Foundation.
The Executive Directors of European National and Regional Greenpeace offices (not listed here due to word limit) have also worked on all or some of the issues below.
Issues worked on:
Prop for a Dir on priority substances in the field of water policy.2011/0429(COD)
Revision of the 2008 Environmental Aid Guidelines in the context of State Aid modernization COM(2012)209
EC No 1013/2006 shipment of waste; Basel Convention
EC No 1907/2006 Chemicals legislation - REACh
EC No. 2000/60/EC & EC No 2008/105/EC Water legislation
CFP reform 2011/0195(COD)
Trans-European energy infrastructure: guidelines COM(2011)0658
Prop for a reg on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Decision No 1364/2006/EC/* COM/2011/0658 final - 2011/0300 (COD) */
Current challenges and opportunities for renewable energy on the European internal energy market COM(2012)0271
Renewable Energy: a major player in the European energy market
Dir 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms
Reg EC No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed
Genetically modified organisms: possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory
Measures implementing Reg (EC) No 1107/2009 of the EP and Council of 21 Oct 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market: Commission implementing Reg (EU) No 485/2013 of 24 May 2013.
CAP Reform
Amendment clarifying provisions of the EU emissions trading scheme
Green Paper 2030 climate and energy Policy COM2013 169 final
Proposal for a Regulation on safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities COD(2011)0309
Dir 2009/30/EC on the specification of petrol, diesel and gas-oil and introducing a mechanism to monitor and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and amending Council Dir1999/32/EC as regards the specification of fuel used by inland waterway vessels and repealing Dir93/12/EEC
Review of Regulations 443/2009 and 510/2011 on CO2 emissions from cars and vans
Prop for a reg on the modalities for reaching the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars
Implementation of Article 7a of Dir2009/30/EC Fuel Quality Directive
Indirect land use change impacts of biofuels
Fuels and energy from renewable sources: transition to biofuels to deliver greenhouse gas savings / Amending Dir98/70/EC Fuel Quality Dir 1996/0163(COD) / Amending Dir2009/28/EC 'Renewable Energy Directive' 2008/0016COD
Illegal logging and related trade / Implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan including the Regulation establishing obligations for operators who place timber and timber products on the market
Bioenergy / Additional sustainability measures at EU level for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling
Making the Internal Energy Market work COM(2012)663
Public consultation on EIB's Energy Lending Policy

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Budget
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport


Total number of members that are natural persons: 2,900,000
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Green10, Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe).

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 1,707,960
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 1,707,960
- donations: 1,707,960
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 1000000  € - 1250000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Greenpeace European Unit is funded by national and regional offices of Greenpeace in the EU. In 2011 2.9 million people around the world supported Greenpeace with a financial gift. Greenpeace does not seek nor accept donations from governments (including the EU institutions), corporations or political parties.

Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU, Greenpeace has calculated that it spent an estimated €1,174,776 in 2012 on activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.