The industry lobbyists are the real rulers of the EU.
The true rulers of the EU are, therefore, the international owners of the banks and corporations that hide behind such gigantic financial organisations and that live all over the world. They do not identify with Europe and certainly not with the people living here.
From the very beginning, the EU has been less about the welfare of people who have been beguiled with open borders (for cheap workers from Eastern Europe) rather than, for example, about the abolition of rights to social security, employment protection and dismissal protection fought for by the labour movement, which are being dismantled by the lobbyists.
The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders. Directly elected MEPs represent European citizens in the European Parliament. The interests of the EU as a whole are promoted by the European Commission, whose members are appointed by national governments. Governments defend their own country's national interests in the Council of the European Union. Read more about the EU decision making process here.
Interest representation (lobbying) is regulated at the EU level. The EU Transparency Register oversees what interests are being represented at EU level; who represents those interests, and on whose behalf; with what budgets. Among others, it has a public website where organisations representing particular interests at EU level register and update information about their interests. A Code of Conduct also sets out the rules for all those who register and establishes the underlying principles for standards of behaviour in all relations with the EU institutions.