Transparency and regulation in lobbying: these are the topics that lobbyists’ national associations coming from all around Europe discussed in their fifth conference that took place in Vienna on May 7th and 8th, 2015. The meeting was promoted by the Public Affairs Community of Europe (P.A.C.E.), the only platform gathering national organizations of European public […]

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Transparency International said today that Europe urgently needs lobbying reform. A new report from the anti-corruption group found that of 19 European countries assessed, only 7 have some form of dedicated lobbying law or regulation, allowing for nearly unfettered influence of business interests on the daily lives of Europeans. The 19 countries together score just 31 per […]

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LinkedIn has appointed Westbourne Communications as its first UK public affairs agency. The world’s largest professional network on the internet is understood to have turned to James Bethell’s agency following a competitive pitch. LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the internet with more than 300 million members in more than 200 countries. A […]

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Imagine yourself working in a state of legal uncertainty, not really knowing what you are allowed to do and what not. Have you? Good. Now remember that there is a regulation in place that protects you as worker (by defining your profession) giving you certain rights, as there is at least one for almost every […]

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Public affairs industry bosses have welcomed the news that no-one will pay more than £750 to appear on the statutory register of lobbyists. The costs were finally revealed today after months of delay in documents published by the Cabinet Office The PRCA said the fee imposed on lobbyists could have been much more severe. Director […]

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New ALTER-EU report shows why the current EU lobby register is still failing to deliver real transparency. NGOs file complaint about misleading Goldman Sachs registration. New research published today shows that too many major lobby organisations, including financial lobbyists the City of London Corporation and Credit Suisse; major corporations such as Electrabel, Anglo American and […]

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Sending messages to ministers on Twitter will count as lobbying under new rules drawn up by the lobbying tsar. Alison White has issued guidance for the public affairs industry following her recent consultation on the scope of the lobbying register. The document published by the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists seeks to address […]

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Developed countries often lecture states in the developing world about transparency. So it seems the height of hypocrisy that the European Union is not requiring lobbyists to register, writes Giorgi Meladze. Giorgi Meladze is the director of the Ilia State University Center for Constitutional Studies and the executive director of the Liberty Institute,  a libertarian […]

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BRUSSELS – Emily O’Reilly marked her first year in office as the European Union’s Ombudsman on Wednesday (1 October) but her gloves are only coming off now. The Irish woman has launched more investigations than any of her predecessors in their first year. But identifying problems and launching investigations is the easy part of the job. “Now the […]

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Four main strategies for Eurosceptic MEPs The first strategy- the Absentee, is a form of ‘exit strategy’, characterized by comparatively low involvement in the assembly and the concentration of the activities at the national level and on the constituency. Such MEPs do not take an active part in the work of the Parliament and its committees, do […]

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