More than 700 lobby organizations registered at the European Commission

More than 700 lobby organizations registered at the European Commission
# 22 December 2008 15:48 (UTC +04:00)
Brussels. Alexander Kin–APA. More than 700 lobby organisations are now registered at the European Commission’s Register for Interest Representatives, APA correspondent reports from Brussels. There has been a steady and constant flow of some thirty additions per week to the Register, spokesperson for the European Commission Valerie Rampi said. More than 400 organisations representing business and professional organisations are registered, along with more than 150 NGOs. The European Commission’s Register of Interest Representatives was launched on 23 June 2008. European citizens now have direct access to information on the existence, diversity and multitude of represented interests; less than six months after the Register was begun, , with more being added every day. Since several federations have now drawn up guidelines to help their members sign up, the Commission expects this flow to be maintained or even grow early next year and anticipates that all image-conscious interest representatives committed to transparency will register in the coming weeks. On 16 December, the European Commission and the European Parliament began inter-institutional talks to look into the possibility of setting up a joint register for all lobbyists involved in influencing the European Union’s decision-making processes. The aim is to give the profession a single register, with no red tape, providing the public with a single entry-point to a comprehensive overview of the role of lobbyists in the EU’s decision-making bodies.
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