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  • Chemicals group suspended from EU lobby register

    News | Public Affairs 22-07-2009

    Cefic, the association representing the EU chemicals industry, was this week (20 July) temporaily suspended from the European Commission's voluntary lobbyists' register for allegedly failing to accurately document its expenditure on interest representation.

  • Commission ‘satisfied’ with lobby transparency progress

    News | Public Affairs 23-06-2009

    The European Commission yesterday (22 June) declared the first year of its lobby register a success ahead of an internal review next month. But officials admitted that more bodies would have to sign up for the scheme to paint a "full picture" of lobbying in Brussels.

  • PA firms hail EU lobby transparency ‘success’

    News | Public Affairs 22-06-2009

    Brussels-based public affairs consultancies are hailing the European Commission's lobbyists register as a success as the scheme approaches its first birthday. But transparency groups still believe a mandatory system would be more effective.

  • Commission hints at July changes to lobby register

    News | Public Affairs 08-06-2009

    The European Commission last week (4 June) hinted at possible changes to its lobbyists register ahead of a review in July. The development comes as the register is set to celebrate its first birthday.

  • Greens slam lobbying transparency ‘PR exercise’

    News | Public Affairs 27-04-2009

    Green MEPs have described last week's announcement by the EU institutions that they had reached agreement on a common lobby register as no more than a "poorly-disguised public relations exercise" ahead of the European elections. The claims were utterly refuted by the European Commission.

  • EU institutions edge closer to common lobby register

    News | Public Affairs 23-04-2009

    Plans to create a single lobby register for the EU executive and the European Parliament gained momentum yesterday (22 April) after representatives of both institutions agreed common guidelines and a code of conduct. But transparency campaigners labelled the proposals "very disappointing".

  • 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.

  • Survey: Lobbyists reluctant to sign up to register

    News | Public Affairs 09-03-2009

    Large numbers of businesses, consultancies and industry federations do not intend to sign up to the European Commission's lobbyists register, found a EURACTIV survey presented at a conference last Wednesday (4 March). But a majority of respondents are supportive of transparency in principle.

  • Commission rapped over public access to files

    News | Public Affairs 02-02-2009

    EU Ombudsman P. Nikiforos Diamandouros last week urged the European Commission to set up a "comprehensive" document register, responding to complaints from transparency NGOs that the EU executive fails to register the "vast majority" of its documentation.

  • 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.

  • MEPs urge EU to boost public access to documents

    News | Public Affairs 15-01-2009

    The European Parliament has urged the Union's institutions to improve the public's access to EU documents, specifically calling upon the Council to make details of its debates public.