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Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register

This consultation is now closed.

The European Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the performance of the current Transparency Register for organisations and self-employed individuals engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation and on its future evolution towards a mandatory scheme covering the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.

Objective of the consultation

This Commission is committed to increased transparency, in the way it operates and in European Union decision-making overall. In that context it has announced its intention to propose improvements to the Transparency Register, which is a tool put in place by the European Parliament and the European Commission to cast light on lobbying activities seeking to influence European policy-making.

This public consultation has a twofold objective: (1) to gather views on the functioning of the current Transparency Register and (2) to receive input for the design of the future mandatory regime of registration announced in President Juncker's Political Guidelines. The purpose is to assess and understand what has worked well so far, what can be improved and how, in order to ensure that the Register fulfils its full potential as a meaningful tool governing relations between the EU institutions and interest representatives. The results of the public consultation will feed into the preparation of the proposal on a mandatory Register by the Commission.

President Juncker's Priorities for the Commission contain a strong commitment to increased transparency. This commitment has been put into practice in several ways. In November 2014, the Commission committed to publish information about who meets its political leaders and senior officials and to provide greater access to documents relating to the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States. In May 2015 the Commission presented its Better Regulation Agenda which includes a series of measures to enhance the openness and transparency of the EU decision-making process, including secondary legislation.

The new Commission also decided that Commissioners, Cabinet members and Directors-General should only meet interest representatives who have signed up to the Transparency Register, a tool which sheds light on those seeking to influence policy-making in the EU institutions, the issues they follow and the human and financial resources they deploy.

Lobbying is an integral part of a healthy democracy. It allows for various interest groups to present their views on public decisions that may come to affect them. It also has the potential to enhance the quality of decision-making by providing channels for the input of expertise to legislators and decision-makers. The Transparency Register is an online tool that sheds light on who is lobbying the European Parliament and the Commission, on behalf of whom, on which issues and with what budgets. Today the Register includes over 9,000 entities, all signed up to its Code of Conduct.

In line with its commitment to increased transparency and the Political Guidelines for the European Commission 2015-2019, the Commission has announced its intention to table a proposal for an Interinstitutional Agreement on a mandatory Transparency Register covering the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission. The present consultation seeks to inform the preparation of this proposal.

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Duration

01/03/2016 – 01/06/2016

Contributions received after the closing date will not be considered.

Target group and structure of the public consultation

This public consultation is composed of two parts: A. GENERAL and B. SPECIFIC.

Part A is mandatory for all respondents and contains 7 questions. After you respond to the questions in this part you may wish to proceed to part B which contains 13 questions and is optional.

Questions are answered by ticking a box and, optionally, providing comments.

A. GENERAL PART


Answering the questions in this part does not require previous knowledge of the Transparency Register

Main target group: open to organisations of every type and sector; inviting contributions from all stakeholders as well as public authorities but especially from citizens.

B. SPECIFIC PART


Answering the questions in this part presupposes certain knowledge of the Transparency Register

Main target group: open to organisations of every type and sector; inviting contributions from all stakeholders as well as to public authorities but especially from entities representative of the various sections of the Transparency Register:

  • Professional consultancies, law-firms and self-employed consultants;
  • In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations;
  • Non-governmental organisations;
  • Think-tanks, research and academic institutions;
  • Organisations representing churches and religious communities;
  • Organisations representing local, regional and municipal authorities, other public or mixed entities, etc.

Transparency

Please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. The submissions of non-registered entities will be treated as individual contributions (unless they are recognised as representative stakeholders through Treaty provisions) and will be published separately from those of registered ones. Contributions from public authorities will be published separately.

How to respond

Submit your contribution online by answering the dedicated questionnaire below.

You may submit your contribution in any of the EU official languages.

Only contributions received through this online questionnaire will be considered.

If you wish you may provide additional information (position papers, reports, etc) in support of your answers to this public consultation. You can upload a maximum of three files.

You will be able to save your contribution in .pdf format once you have submitted it.

Replies and feedback

The Commission received over 1,700 contributions to this public consultation. Certain replies cannot be published due to data protection reasons. The replies that allow publication can be accessed here:

Protection of personal data & privacy statement

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement pdf - 157 KB [157 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

Contact

Responsible service: Transparency Unit, Secretariat General of the European Commission (SG.B.4)

Write to us if you have questions about this public consultation:

SG-TRANSPARENCY-REGISTER-PUBLIC-CONSULTATION@ec.europa.eu