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01-12-2017

Hübner: The European Union is more transparent than national governments

Compared to the national governments of the member states, the European Union is ahead of the curve when it comes to transparency, former Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner told EURACTIV in an interview. But improvements are still badly needed. Danuta Hübner is a centre-right member of the European Parliament from Poland who chairs the constitutional affairs …

Digital 14-11-2017

Lead MEP: member states’ slow pace on ePrivacy is unacceptable

Different political groups need to accept the European Parliament’s agreement on the draft ePrivacy regulation, even though conservative and centre-right MEPs opposed the bill, Birgit Sippel said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Digital 03-10-2013

EU fails to scrutinise lobbyists who operate in the dark

With the European Commission and Parliament leading a joint committee to scrutinise the EU’s lobbyist transparency register, NGOs are keeping a close eye on the developments. The Parliament's credibility is at risk if the register is not made mandatory, argues Paul de Clerck.

Digital 01-10-2013

Lobbyist representative: Best facts, not big bucks, win lobbying campaigns

The European Transparency Register, the EU's database for lobbyists, is currently under scrutiny as it set to be reformed by the end of 2013. Above all, the register needs more resources and to get rid of its loopholes, if Brussels wants a fair public affairs level playing field, Karl Isaksson says.

Public Affairs 09-06-2011

Scholar: East Europeans see lobbying as ‘corruption in disguise’

The common perception in Central and East European countries that lobbying is no more than "corruption in sophisticated disguise" explains why calls to ban lobbying can be heard every now and then, argues Agnieszka Cianciara, an expert on lobbying and senior teaching assistant at the College of Europe. 

Public Affairs 18-03-2011

PA boss: New EU landscape requires ‘professional’ business groups

Businesses require "much more professionalism" and "swifter answers" from their industry associations to deal with the complexity of today's EU institutional landscape, Alain Beaumont, founder of AGEP Association Management, told EURACTIV in an interview.

Health 14-03-2011

Pharma chief: Europe must not fall behind US, emerging countries

Brian Ager, Director-General of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), is leaving his position after 16 years at the head of the trade association. In an interview with EURACTIV, he reflects on his tenure and discusses some of the new legislation and controversies affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

Public Affairs 04-11-2010

Wallis MEP: EU budget ‘must respect difficult times’

Europe must respect "difficult times" by adopting a budget that reflects austerity measures being introduced by national governments, European Parliament Vice-President Diana Wallis told EURACTIV Slovakia in a wide-ranging interview. 

Public Affairs 10-05-2010

Šef?ovi?: EEAS to reach ‘balanced’ representation by 2013

The European External Action Service (EEAS) plans to achieve an inter-institutional balance by filling member states' quotas by 2013, Maroš Šef?ovi?, European Commission vice-president responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Public Affairs 15-10-2008

Professor: Lobbying debate will continue beyond 2009 elections

Debate over the registration of interest groups lobbying the EU institutions will continue beyond the establishment of the new Commission and Parliament in 2009, said Rinus van Schendelen, deputy chairman of the European Centre for Public Affairs and professor of political science at Rotterdam's Erasmus University, in an interview with EURACTIV.

EU Priorities 2020 02-06-2008

Schwalba-Hoth: Switzerland ‘totally disconnected’ from EU

There is no political debate on Europe in Switzerland, like in the former Communist countries in the past, political strategist Frank Schwalba-Hoth told EURACTIV in an interview. Together with the NGO Berner Politgespraeche, he plans to launch a debate to influence decision-making in Brussels.

Public Affairs 25-03-2008

PlasticsEurope: Reversing traditional lobbying methods

Trying to convince policymakers of your arguments can only be successful to a certain extent, according to Wilfried Hansel of PlasticsEurope. Lobbyists must also address the needs of society as a whole if they are to positively influence outcomes, he says in an interview with EURACTIV.

Public Affairs 16-11-2007

EPACA: Single public affairs register ‘better system’

As the European Commission finalises plans for its public affairs register, set to be introduced next spring, EPACA chairman José Lalloum told EURACTIV in an interview that the system must be mandatory and common to both the Commission and the Parliament if it is to be a success.

Public Affairs 28-06-2006

Interview with Elizabeth Crossick on the transparency initiative

In an interview with EURACTIV, Elizabeth Crossick of Freshfields says she does not see the point in disclosing the fees law firms are paid to carry out lobbying tasks for their clients. This, she argues, would do little to deter potential improper behaviour.

Public Affairs 27-07-2005

Interview – Friends of the Earth’s Paul de Clerck on lobbying transparency

Registration should be made mandatory for all lobbyists across the board, including NGOs, argues corporate accountability campaigner Paul de Clerck of Friends of the Earth.

Public Affairs 08-07-2005

Interview: Spencer – Transparency should not be limited to corporate lobbying

Debates over EU transparency rules have focused too much on corporate lobbying and not enough on broader governance issues, including member states lobbying, ECPA’s Tom Spencer told EURACTIV in an interview. 

Public Affairs 04-05-2005

Interview with Daniel Guéguen on the scrutiny of Brussels lobbyists

A professional body that would certify the aptitudes and integrity of lobbyists in Brussels should be at the heart of attempts to prop up ethics in lobbying, public affairs veteran Daniel Guéguen has told EURACTIV in an interview.