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  • Lobby transparency spotlight falls on think-tanks

    News | Public Affairs 20-04-2009

    More think-tanks should sign up to the European Commission's voluntary lobbyists register, Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas said last week (17 April), arguing that they play a clear role in the EU policymaking process. His claims were angrily refuted by think-tank representatives.

  • EU lobby register ‘will never be mandatory’

    News | Public Affairs 20-04-2009

    The voluntary lobbyists register introduced by the European Commission last year has been effective enough not to require a mandatory approach, Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas said last week (17 April).

  • Kallas expects Swedish progress on EU lobby rules

    News | Public Affairs 23-03-2009

    Sweden's "strong stated commitment" to transparency presents a good opportunity for the Council to review its "so far hesitant attitude" to the EU executive's lobbyists register during the country's upcoming EU presidency, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas told public affairs professionals last week, revealing that he had written to the Swedes to urge progress towards a register common to all three institutions.

  • Think tanks should ‘think European’ to fight global challenges

    Opinion | Public Affairs 03-02-2009

    At a time when European countries are struggling to cope with the financial and economic crises, European think tanks are ill-fitted to help decision-makers find innovative solutions, authors Stephen Boucher and Martine Royo argue in a book released this month.

  • Single EU lobbyists’ register faces further delays

    News | Public Affairs 28-01-2009

    German Socialist MEP Jo Leinen yesterday (27 January) expressed optimism that a lobbyists' register common to the European Parliament and the EU executive can be drawn up. But it may have to wait until after European elections in June, he cautioned.

  • Khodorkovsky’s lawyer attacks European energy firms

    News | Public Affairs 07-11-2008

    The legal representative of imprisoned former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has called for a formal investigation into the role allegedly played by European energy firms in undermining the rule of law in Russia.

  • Commission to probe trade leak

    News | Public Affairs 09-09-2008

    The European Commission has launched an investigation into newspaper allegations that a top official gave sensitive information to reporters posing as representatives of Chinese businessmen, it announced yesterday (8 September).

  • Commission launches lobbyists register

    News | Public Affairs 24-06-2008

    The European Commission yesterday (23 June) launched a voluntary register for lobbyists seeking to influence its policymaking amid criticism from transparency groups that the scheme does not go far enough.

  • EU lobbyists scramble over their exact numbers

    News | Public Affairs 10-06-2008

    As the European Commission's upcoming voluntary lobbyists register occupies the mind of every lobbyist in Brussels, some have started to question exactly how many of them there are, casting doubt over the 15,000 figure originally put forward by the EU executive.

  • Commission sets June date for lobbyists register

    News | Public Affairs 09-05-2008

    The European Commission has identified 23 June 2008 as the target date for the publication of a voluntary lobbyists register and accompanying code of conduct, Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas announced yesterday (8 May) following the adoption in Parliament of a landmark report on lobbying.

  • ‘Moment of truth’ approaching for lobbying transparency

    News | Public Affairs 30-04-2008

    The European Parliament is widely expected to approve a landmark report on lobbying during its Brussels plenary session next week (8 May), representing a key moment in the drive to improve the transparency of the EU institutions and the estimated 15,000 lobbyists who seek to influence them.

  • Parliament to expel business lobby group

    News | Public Affairs 28-04-2008

    European Parliament leaders have asked for a business group to be removed from its premises following accusations over its influence on policy.

  • Towards a common register for EU lobbyists

    Opinion | Public Affairs 07-04-2008

    As the number of lobbyists operating in Brussels continues to increase, there are growing calls for their access to the Commission and Parliament to be regulated via a common register, writes former Parliament rapporteur on lobbying and new Finnish foreign minister Alexander Stubb for Europe's World.

  • The evolving role of regional representations in Brussels

    Opinion | Public Affairs 25-02-2008

    Brussels can be considered the world capital of lobbying for local and regional authorities, but the activities of their representations distinguish them from classic interest groups and lobbies, argue Michel Huysseune and M. Theo Jans of Brussels Studies.

  • Public authorities must tame ‘predatory’ lobbyists

    News | Public Affairs 29-01-2008

    Public authorities should make a new commitment to reach the outsiders among minority interests and the 'silent majority' to prevent lobbying from becoming a "monopolising channel of influence towards the EU institutions", according to EU citizens' association ECAS.

  • Court verdict supports lobbying transparency drive

    News | Public Affairs 09-11-2007

    The European Court of First Instance ruled yesterday (8 November) that the Commission was wrong to refuse a lager company access to the minutes of a stakeholders meeting – including a list of participants – in a judgement which has wider implications for lobbying transparency.

  • Public votes on ‘worst EU lobbying’ award

    News | Public Affairs 17-10-2007

    Public voting for the 'Worst EU Lobbying Awards' opened online on Monday (15 October). The award will be given to the lobby group that in 2007 has employed "the most deceptive, misleading or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making".

  • Kallas defends voluntary lobbying scheme in face of boycott

    News | Public Affairs 24-08-2007

    US-style controls on lobbying look to be on the cards for Europe, after Brussels's largest public affairs companies refused to participate in proposed voluntary regulation because of mandatory disclosure of their clients and fees.

  • Lobbyists group urges caution over registration

    News | Public Affairs 25-05-2007

    The Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) reiterated its commitment to promoting transparency in EU lobbying and a voluntary registry, but highlighted a number of "potential pitfalls" that the group wishes the Commission to avoid.  

  • Public affairs gets ‘reinvented’

    News | Public Affairs 19-03-2007

    The European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA) sixth annual conference, 'Reinventing Public Affairs', took place in Brussels on 8 March 2007, bringing together top-level thinkers from the field.

  • Interview with Elizabeth Crossick on the transparency initiative

    Interview | Public Affairs 28-06-2006

    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.

  • Coalitions and their influence on EU decision-making

    Policy Brief | Public Affairs 20-04-2006

    Coalition building - or the art of setting up alliances to influence policy outcomes - has long been dominated in Brussels by trade associations representing a specific business or industrial sector. These traditional types of coalitions are generally well respected by EU institutions because of the legitimacy they gain from the volume of members they represent - whether individual companies or national trade associations. However, today, these long-established coalitions are being challenged by smaller ones led by a handful of companies who decide to break away from the pack. Inspired by NGO tactics, these often short-term and ad hoc coalitions tend to engage in a more aggressive, single-issue type of lobbying oriented almost exclusively on communication campaigns.

  • NGO offers online tour of EU lobbying hotspots

    News | Public Affairs 03-04-2006

    Lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory proposes an online 'virtual tour' of the EU quarter in Brussels just weeks before the Commission kicks-off a public debate on how to improve transparency in EU policy-making.

  • Lobbying legitimate but needs reforms — study

    News | Public Affairs 14-09-2005

    A new UN-backed report suggests improvements to "arguably the most controversial and secretive of all business practices". But at a time when the EU is considering lobbying regulation, it says demands for total transparency "may be unrealistic".

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