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Civil Society

This web site aims at providing information on issues that concern the Commission's consultation and dialogue with civil society. Note that the Commission carries out external consultations in the development of almost all policy areas. Therefore, links included in this website do not give an exclusive picture of the Commission services' relations with civil society. The general civil society web site is maintained by the Secretariat-General of the Commission. Should you have further questions on specific issues presented here, you can find contact information in the respective web sites or use the Commission mailboxes.

Transparency Register

What is the Transparency Register?
The Register covers all activities carried out with the intention of directly or indirectly influencing the formulation or implementation of policy and the decision-making processes of the EU institutions, irrespective of where they are undertaken and of the channel or method of communication used. It includes lobbying, interest representation and advocacy. Stakeholders range from public affairs consultancies, self-employed consultants and law firms to in-house lobbyists, trade, business or professional associations, charities, NGOs, religious organisations, think tanks, academic organisations and those public authorities that have representative offices in Brussels.

Why was it set up?
The Transparency Register has been set up to answer core questions such as what interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets. The system is operated jointly by the European Parliament and the Commission, and builds on previous initiatives in this area.
In this way, the Register allows for public scrutiny, giving citizens and other interest groups the possibility to track the activities of lobbyists.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation concerning the Transparency Register.
To access the consultation in all EU official languages please visit