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Brussels told to take tougher line on lobbyists - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER/BRUSSELS - If the European Commission wants its proposed register for lobbyists in the EU to work, the registration has to be made compulsory rather than voluntary as is currently planned, lobbyists themselves said on Monday (8 October).

The commission in March issued a blueprint for a lobbyists' register that would list those who work to influence EU policy-making in Brussels - but only the ones who choose to sign on a voluntary basis.

Those who would prefer not to register would however be left out of formal consultation procedures on new EU legislation.

Some organisations - such as the European Public Affairs Consultancy Association (EPACA) or The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) - spoke in favour of replacing this system with a mandatory one in order to increase transparency in the decision-making process.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:53:36 PM EST
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Interesting.  Could this approach (either the voluntary or the compulsory version) possibly work in the U.S. as well?

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by marco on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 01:12:34 AM EST
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implies that you think it "works" in Europe to begin with.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:22:56 AM EST
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The U.S. already has registration of lobbyists, though I don't know if it's the same as what's being proposed for the EU.  http://www.senate.gov/legislative/common/generic/lobby_top_ten.htm

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by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 09:56:40 AM EST
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A few years ago, somebody (who didn't know me very well) told me I should apply for a job as a lobbyist in Brussels for a multinational corporation (let's say the biggest American mainframe computers manufacturing company...). The job description was very explicit: the only objective was to lobby the European institutions in order to bring "business friendly" changes to the European law, mainly labour laws. Needless to say I didn't apply! 2 years later, I met the head of this company's lobbying department and the guy who had been recruited: the discussion that followed vindicated what I had understood...

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by Melanchthon on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 01:33:31 AM EST
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