PUBLISHED ON17.03.2017. at 14:14
IN CATEGORIESGood governanceEuropean Union
More than 100 organisations urge the Parliament to spearhead #lobbytransparency reform!
MEPs were warned that the European Commission's current proposal for a revised EU Transparency Register would allow for even less scrutiny than the existing one, and that to champion greater transparency across all EU institutions, they must start with their own house first.
A few weeks before Commission, Parliament and Council are expected to start negotiating a revision of the joint EU Transparency Register, the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Civil Society Europe and Transparency International EU brought together a broad civil society coalition to make key demands that will ensure meaningful reform.
To guarantee a revision that delivers greater lobby transparency, rather than a weakened register, the signatories urge MEPs to champion the following points during the negotiations:
The Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation’s (ALTER-EU) campaigner Margarida Silva commented:
“For years to come, the upcoming negotiations will be the only real opportunity to boost lobby transparency in the EU institutions. Parliamentarians should lead this process and improve transparency in their own house to up the pressure on Commission and Council to tighten rules as well.
“Keeping the current definition of lobbying is a vital part of that. The Commission proposal only covers direct lobbying and ignores how much indirect lobbying goes on in Brussels. Many lobbyists will be able to fly under the radar, unless both lobbying types are included.”
The letter is supported by 100 organisations active in areas such as worker and consumer rights, environment and public health protection, education and development cooperation. Among the long list of supporters are Oxfam, Greenpeace EU, BEUC and the EPSU, to name but a few.
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