Extracts from the statement of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud, about the lobby register review.
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/10/2009
On 28 October, the Commission adopted a communication drawing from the lessons of the first year of its register of interest representatives. Registration had become a normal step for those intending to interact with the European institutions. With more than 2000 organisations registered so far, the voluntary approach has worked and made the register a good basis on which to build further. While the fundamentals of the Commission's register were safeguarded – voluntary nature of the register linked to a code of conduct, reasonable level of financial disclosure, declarations by organisations rather by individuals – the functioning of the register was improved. The Commission thus hoped to make speedy progress on agreeing a common, improved register with the European Parliament.
Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud held a press conference on the subject.
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||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud: I must say that the lobby register or register of interest representatives can clearly be assessed as a political success. We did not have any register, we had a lot of suspicions in 2004, today you have a register with two thousand one hundred and more entries in this register, this is definitely a good number.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Siim Kallas: We also recognise certain weaknesses we have not found proper solutions, with law firms who are partly also doing similar activities, are involved in similar activities, as public affairs consultancy, we work with them to find a solution, so they can also be part of this register, the same concerns think tanks, I have offered some special paragraphs, to enable them to join and we also, of course, most important thing, clarify financial disclosure. This cannot be considered as any kind of special toughnening of register this is just more clarification, more precise picture, this was initiated by criticism we received from small actors on this field.