Extracts from the statement by Siim Kallas on the EC's lobby register
End production: 23/06/2008 First transmission: 23/06/2008
The European Commission launched on 23 June 2008 its online register of interest representatives. All interest representatives engaged in influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions are invited to register. When registering, they will be asked to disclose some information to enhance the transparency of the relations between lobbies and the Commission. Organisations that sign up to the register will have to indicate who they are, what their objectives and missions are and what policy areas they are particularly interested in. Furthermore, they can describe their main activities of interest representation as well as their networking efforts. Registrants will also have to disclose financial information, so that the driving forces behind a lobbying effort become clear. Organisations lobbying on behalf of third parties will have to indicate the names of their clients.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont Commission building
||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud
||Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that he is glad to see the lobbyist organizations, or correctly to say the interest representatives organizations, intensively competing to be the first organization ever to be registered; the organization Telefónica was the first to complete the procedure;
saying that this is the first ever register of lobbying organizations, interest representatives organizations, set up in a European institution, where you can see what lobbying organizations represent, who their clients are, by whom they are financed; and also for the first time ever, these organizations abide by a common code of conduct
||Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a very important moment of cultural change concerning this aspect of decision-making in the European institutions; now it is up to lobbyists to demonstrate next 12 months that they are up in terms of transparency, while the Commission will test the technicalities of the system; and then, the key step is the joint working group which will put together Council representatives, Commissionners and Members of Parliament to examine the feasibility of the interinstitutional register and the common code of conduct
||Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that so far they have used the definition or interpretation that this is interest representatives and they must cover the corporate part, civil society part, and trade associations and lawyers, which is very important
||Cutaways (4 shots)