Voluntary lobby register still inadequate

Publication date: 
Monday, December 2, 2013
Corporate Europe Observatory

Is the Commission right to be so jubilant about the EU lobby register's annual report?

Executive summary / policy recommendations: 

Last Friday, the EU's Annual Report on the Transparency Register was published and it reported that the number of registrants had grown by 10 per cent during the past year. But hundreds of companies and lobby groups actively lobbying to influence EU decision-making, continue to boycott the register.

Five months on from the publication of ALTER-EU's report 'Rescue the Register' which identified hundreds of organisations lobbying in Brussels but who were missing from the EU Transparency Register, the situation has only very marginally improved.

Corporate Europe Observatory has re-analysed the lists of top lobby spenders and missing lobbyists. Read more on Corporate Europe Observatory's website.