Why is it that the US has been able to legally sanction political fixer Paul Manafort for failure to disclose details of his lobbying for the Kremlin-backed Ukrainian Viktor Yanukovych government, while in the European Union – where he also operated a multi-million euro lobbying operation for the same regime – there are no consequences whatsoever?
The contrast with the US brings into sharp focus the lack of legally binding power and enforcement in the EU's lobbying register.
What happens if in the Transparency Register a company declares a much lower budget than it actually spends on lobbying? It will be punished for mis-leading...right?
The European Commission needs to enforce a strict incentives-based regime that will encourage more lobbying law firms to enroll in the EU’s transparency register.