23 August 2017 — SumOfUs
Great news: The European Commission just announced they won’t greenlight the Bayer Monsanto merger.
And you made it happen!
You and thousands of SumOfUs members around the world bombarded Commissioner Vestager with tweets, emails and postcards raising the alarm about this merger. And Vestager just replied directly to you, saying she shares your concerns.
She’ll now open an in-depth probe of the merger. This will take months — and gives us more time to stop the merger once and for all.
SumOfUs members like you opposed this merger from the very beginning — and built up one of our strongest campaigns ever: more than 700,000 of you signed our petition. And with your donation, we were able to pay for: Congressional hearings, our own people-powered lobbyist, and a legal White Paper that proves that this merger is illegal.
But we didn’t stop there: Thanks to your financial support we even took over the whole politico.eu homepage and pressured decision makers in Brussels with our ads. Check them out:
This powerful message was hard to ignore!
Bayer and Monsanto wanted the EU to quietly approve their merger. But you didn’t let that happen. You ramped up our campaign and pressured the Commission to first extend its review, and then finally open an in-depth investigation.
This is a crushing defeat for Bayer and Monsanto — but our fight is far from over. In fact, we will need to work harder than ever in the upcoming months to stop their plans. But with this victory, you have proven once again how strong our community is. And I have no doubts that together, we will stop this merger for good.
Thank you so much for all that you do,
Anne and the team at SumOfUs
PS: If you can, please chip in now to help us fighting the Bayer-Monsanto merger till the end.
EU Commission starts in-depth probe of Bayer, Monsanto deal, Reuters, August 22, 2017.
Letter from Margrethe Vestager, August 22, 2017.