Register of Interest Representatives: 3000 registrations!
Vice-President Šefčovič: "The steady increase in registrations shows that we are on the right way. It is a encouragement for the joint Commission - Parliament register we are working on."
At the beginning of the year, 2300 entities had registered. Since then a steady weekly increase has been observed; a trend which has allowed to reach the symbolic level of 3000 at the end of August. The latest registrations came from companies, associations representing certain business areas, NGOs, consultancy firms, think tanks and academic institutions.
The Commission set up the register in 2008. Associations, companies, NGOs, trade unions and other entities which are regularly affected by the decision making process in the Commission and therefore try to make their voices heard during the process were invited to register. The intention was to bring transparency to a reality which is in public perception often surrounded by suspicion of undue influence.
For legal and practical reasons, the registration has been made a voluntary process. Everyone who can be affected by a decision or policy is entitled to explain their individual point of view to the Commission with or without a registration. Registration does not provide any form of official recognition by the Commission. However, the Commission strongly recommends registering since the register makes basic information publicly available and allows Commission staff and the public to see who is representing which interest or stands for which political, religious or other belief in the discussions.
A High Level Working Group of senior Members of the European Parliament led by Vice-President Diana Wallis and Vice-President Maros Šefčovič of the Commission is currently working on setting up a joint register. This would create an additional incentive for registration. The Working Group will meet again on 7 September 2010 in Strasbourg to pursue its work on technical issues. The intention is to make the common register operational in June 2011.
You can find more information on the register under the following link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/transparency/regrin/welcome.do?locale=en#en