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Politics 07-02-2018

The Commission has no answer to the opaque lobbying of law firms

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, writes Nina Katzemich.
Public Affairs 13-12-2016

Report: Lobbyists heavily influencing TiSA negotiations

Businesses are exerting massive pressure on the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations and the European Commission is all too willing to listen, according to a report by LobbyControl. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Public Affairs 15-09-2016

European Parliament quietly scuppers lobbying reform

The European Parliament has indefinitely postponed a vote on an initiative that was meant to bring clarity to MEPs' side activities and rein in lobbyists. But no one wants to shoulder the blame. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Public Affairs 14-09-2016

Barroso riles against ‘discriminatory’ EU in Goldman Sachs row

Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (13 September) accused Brussels of discrimination after it ordered an ethics probe into his new role at US investment bank Goldman Sachs.
The Atomium
Public Affairs 13-01-2016

New figures reveal EU’s weight in Brussels local economy

European Union institutions and other international organisations in Brussels contributed 121,000 jobs and around €5 billion annually to the local economy, according to official figures published on Tuesday (12 January).
EU Elections 2014 04-09-2014

The EU is in a spin, officials get caught in revolving doors

It's revolving door season in Brussels as ex-MEPs, departing commissioners and former officials decide on their future career moves. But the rules preventing conflicts of interest and abuses of power are found wanting states Vicky Cann.
Public Affairs 20-11-2013

Transparency review to ‘make life difficult’ for Brussels lobbyists

In its review of the transparency register, the EU will propose new ways to penalise lobbyists who refuse to disclose information about their methods, but divisions over mandatory registration still hamper the tool's effectiveness.
Digital 30-05-2013

New data protection rules at risk, EU watchdog warns

New EU data protection rules could collapse because of ‘excessive lobbying’, foot-dragging by MEPs, and entanglement in trade negotiations with the United States, Europe’s chief data protection watchdog warned yesterday (29 May).

European Year of Citizens: A chance to improve ethics and transparency

While the full facts that led former EU Health and Consumer Commissioner John Dalli to resign have not yet been made public, adequate measures in response to what has become the ‘Dalli scandal’ are more necessary and urgent than ever, argues Natacha Cingotti.
Public Affairs 09-06-2011

Lobbying in Poland ‘escapes scrutiny’, says EU scholar

Keeping track of interest representation in Poland is difficult because regulation there focuses exclusively on professional lobbyists and consultants, bringing to light "only a fraction of actual lobbying activities," Agnieszka Cianciara, an expert on lobbying and senior teaching assistant at the College of Europe, told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview. 
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 20-04-2011

MEPs back joint Parliament, Commission lobby register

Plans to establish a joint register of lobbyists for the European Parliament and the European Commission were yesterday (19 April) backed by the EU assembly's constitutional affairs committee. MEPs also called on the Council of Ministers to join Brussels' new 'transparency register'.
Public Affairs 18-03-2011

Why I’m proud to be a lobbyist

Public affairs professionals transform data and information into electrical impulses that travel from one decision centre to another, setting in motion the muscles of society that enable change and ensure the stability and smooth functioning of democratic systems, writes Luis Aguado Alba of Mas Consulting in an award-winning essay presented at the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association's 2011 AGM.
Brexit 18-02-2011

Wind and gas lobbyists scuffle over green claims

The head of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has blown cold air on gas lobby claims that Europe could save €900 billion and still hit its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets if it built more gas plants fitted with controversial carbon capture and storage technology.
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