Extracts from the press conference by Maroš Šefčovič on the launch of a joint transparency register for lobbyists and NGOs
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/06/2011 First transmission: 23/06/2011
At a press conference on 23 June 2011 in Brussels, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, presented the joint, public Transparency Register launched by the European Parliament and the European Commission in an effort to give a further boost to the transparency of the EU's decision-making process.
This new register provides more information than ever before on those who seek to influence European policy. It replaces the one set up by the Commission in 2008, which already contains more than 4000 organisations. These will be gradually transferred to the Joint Transparency Register over the coming 12 months. It also extends its coverage well beyond traditional lobbyists to include law firms, NGOs, think tanks - indeed any organisation or self-employed individual engaged in influencing EU policy making and implementation. This is a key step towards the EU's goal of a more participatory democracy.
Registrants will also have to provide more information than before, such as the number of staff involved in advocacy, the main legislative proposals they have covered, as well as the amount of EU funding they received.
By signing up to the Transparency Register, organisations will commit to a Common Code of Conduct pledging, for example, always to identify themselves by name and the entity they work for, and not to obtain information dishonestly. A complaint mechanism and measures to be applied are also outlined for those who break the Code of Conduct.
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||Arrival of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, in the press conference room (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Maroš Šefčovič (in ENGLISH) saying that the policy-making and legislative process in Brussels is very demanding; the European Commission is now using the new "Smart Legislation" approach which requires a lot of public consultations and advice seeking from experts and specialists, the most possible in transparency; this Transparency Register covers all actors, traditional lobbyists and NGOs, think-tanks, research institutes, everybody who seeks to influence the EU policy; concerns are often expressed about certain lobbies' practices; the solution is greater transparency.
||Soundbite by Maroš Šefčovič (in ENGLISH) saying that the Transparency Register would provide one stop shop for both institutions; now the citizens can access information at a single point, and stakeholders can declare their activities and update their data in a very user-friendly and consolidated system; the information provided is greater than ever before, driving a transparency effort as widely as possible; everybody who will be registered will have to respect a very demanding code of conduct which will positively change the behaviour of those who seeks to exert influence upon policy-making and decision-making process in Brussels.
||Cutaway of photographer
||Soundbite by Maroš Šefčovič (in ENGLISH) saying that transparent lobbying is more effective lobbying, reaching a wider audience and more likely to get respect and attention; the Commission would be more incline to listen to the ideas of someone when knowing its interests and motives.
||Maroš Šefčovič launching the website of the Transparency Register