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National representations in Brussels: open for corporate lobbyists

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Corporate lobbyists enjoy widespread access to member state representations according to the first ever study on lobbying activities at national government offices in Brussels.

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New and Improved? Why the EU Lobby Register still fails to deliver

Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

ALTER-EU report showing how the voluntary approach to EU lobby transparency regulation fails to provide citizens with an accurate picture of the lobby scene in Brussels

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A Year of Broken Promises: Big business still put in charge of EU Expert Groups, despite commitment to reform

Publication date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Author: 
Pascoe Sabido, Corporate Europe Observatory

Commission still putting big business in charge of key advisory groups, despite promise to reform

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Rescue the Register! How to make EU lobby transparency credible and reliable

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2013

The European Union is reviewing its Transparency Register, and considering how best to secure lobbying transparency at EU level. All the signs emerging from the Commission are that they would prefer to retain their voluntary and 'light touch' approach to lobbying regulation. This reports proofs why this is unsustainable.

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EU Treaties provide legal base for mandatory lobby register

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Author: 
ALTER-EU (The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU), AK EUROPA (Arbeiterkammer), and ÖGB Europabüro

Over the next months, the European Commission and Parliament will review their voluntary joint Transparency Register that entered into force June 2011. The register continues to have a large number of shortcomings, due to its voluntary nature. According to Professor Markus Krajewski the new EU Treaties provide a legal base for a mandatory lobby register.

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Legal study into the legal framework for a mandatory EU lobby register and regulations

Publication date: 
Monday, June 17, 2013
Author: 
Markus Krajewski, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Transferring the current voluntary regime into binding rules has been a demand of the European Parliament since a number of years. [..] The [attached] study assesses if there is a legal basis in current EU primary law to establish a mandatory lobby register.

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Who’s driving the agenda at DG Enterprise and Industry?

Publication date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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Lead author: Yiorgos Vassalos Co-authors: Athena Christofi, Natacha Cingotti, Timo Lange, Rachel Tansey

The Commission’s advisory groups provide expert advice on specific issues, which is often used to shape new policies or even to form the backbone of new legislation. The Commission’s reliance on advice from big business within these groups has previously been criticised, with MEPs urging action to ensure more balance.

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