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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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