Last month, Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Željko Reiner received the visiting delegation of the Croatian Society of Lobbyists (CSL) – Association for Promotion of Transparent Advocacy, headed by Natko Vlahović. Delegation members and the Speaker together dicussed the need for better regulation of the lobbying profession based on the European model. The Speaker of Parliament […]

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A turf war between the two most influential professional groups in Brussels, lawyers and lobbyists, is escalating ahead of a key decision by the European Commission that could change the way both sides do business. The question now is whether the lobbyists will get what they have been lobbying for: a U.S.-style reform which would force lawyers who lobby […]

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Spare a thought for big business lobbyists in Brussels. According to a blog on the website of the London School of Economics, they are supposedly “less successful than citizen groups at lobbying EU legislators”. If only. The authors of the blog (academics Andreas Dür, Patrick Bernhagen and David Marshall) make this claim off the back of their analysis of […]

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The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law on Wednesday 11 March 2015. The purpose of the Act is to provide for a web-based Register of Lobbying to make information available to the public on the identity of those communicating with designated public officials on specific policy, legislative matters or prospective decisions. The […]

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NGOs and watchdogs try to make sense of the flood of information the EU is releasing as part of its transparency strategy. The European Union’s new focus on increased transparency requires political leaders and the groups hoping to influence them to be more open about their activities — mainly by disclosing a lot of information […]

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Date: 12 June 2015 The 6th PAA Government Affairs Forum in Beijing saw 100 Chinese GR professionals grappling with President Xi Jinping’s plans for global economic dominance. Public Affairs does not exist in Communist China. What does exist is Government Relations or GR. Being a GR professional in China is more about getting the message […]

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Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger is a prime target for lobbyists, but his door is almost exclusively open to telecoms, according to Transparency International. EurActiv Germany reports. Oettinger devotes a significant amount of his time to lobbyists. Over the past few months, politicians from Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and six of his employees met […]

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From 23 June 2015 on, LobbyFacts.eu is back in a totally reworked and optimised version, providing up-to-date data from the EU Transparency Register and fresh news and analysis. The relaunched website features: a quicker search function, providing better results filtering of registrants on different criteria new data, eg on lobbying via EU structures, on the […]

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The key to success is choosing the right type of expert As the interactions between business and government become more complex and fall under a wider and wider net, the need to hire government affairs specialists has increased proportionally. The influence of government is not just on politics, it is on policy and specifically, the […]

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As corporate lobbying booms, stronger regulation is needed GERMANS’ reputation as early risers extends even to their lobbying. One colourful Berlin lobbyist told a television programme why he likes talking to members of the Bundestag over a good breakfast: they have had a night’s sleep, they are ready to listen—and their refrigerators are empty after […]

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