On the morning of Wednesday 28 September, the College of Commissioners is expected to discuss Vice-President Timmermans' proposal for a mandatory lobby transparency register; a public announcement will likely follow soon after. As preparation for this announcement, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has produced this briefing for journalists to help probe the spin that is likely to accompany the Commission's announcement.
Will the new register be "mandatory" in reality? Will the Commission get to grips with the current lobby register's problem with dodgy data? And what is the added value of bringing the Council into the EU's transparency regime? In the attached briefing are answers to these questions, analysis, examples and ALTER-EU quotes, as well as media contacts for follow up. ALTER-EU will also provide a media reaction on the day of the announcement.