ASD - lobbying in the EU

Valdemar Lucas Hinrichsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The defense industry is a major one in Europe; it represents a large turnover and thousands of jobs. ASD, the aerospace and defense industry association of Europe is the lobby that is representing it. The defense industry is a particular one as the rules of the internal market do not apply to the defense market. Moreover, it is linked to national security issues which make it less transparent, integrated and competitive. Lobbying for this industry is therefore a particular kind of lobbying. The agenda-setting theory is used to understand the influence that lobbies can exert at this stage of the decision-making and thus gives an idea of the potential influence that can be exercised on the decision-makers. The theory also helps understand the ways that ASD exert its influence. ACEA is the car manufacturer’s lobby of the European Union which is the biggest industry of the EU. This major lobby organization will be used as a benchmark to compare them and their ways of influencing with ASD. The industry, the lobby and their activities are compared. ASD is not very transparent about the entire scope of their activities and finding critics of it and its activities concerning the lobbying of the defense industry turns out to be very difficult. A big part of their influence is therefore not accounted for or at least, the information about it is hardly accessible. The car industry and the defense industry are different in their nature and in their targets and buyers. The lobbying therefore has to be adapted to the particularity of each industry. That is done by targeting different institution and seeking either direct influence on the decision-makers or creating public attention so that it, the public, can in turn put pressure on the decision makers.

UddannelserEU-studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jan. 2013
VejledereHelene Dyrhauge


  • EU
  • Defense industry
  • Lobbying