Recommendations on lobbying transparency and ethics in the European Union

Publication date: 
Friday, January 13, 2006

Position paper outlining elements for rules and guidelines to ensure transparency and ethics in EU lobbying.

Executive summary / policy recommendations: 

In order to make quick progress in EU lobbying transparency and ethics, ALTER-EU suggests that as a first step, the European Commission should adapt its current rules with respect to lobbyists, including a revised and extended code of conduct/ethics, and a transparent registration and reporting system (all with efficient enforcement mechanisms). The other EU institutions should be encouraged to do the same, aiming for compatible rules and mechanisms that reduce bureaucracy and ensure optimal visibility. This could be facilitated through an inter-institutional agreement, which could for example designate a single body for oversight.


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