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Profile of registrant

LobbyControl

Identification number in the register: 6314918394-16
Registration date: 15/09/08 12:01:19

The information on this organisation was last modified on 25/08/14 16:14:17
The date of the last annual update was 25/08/14 16:14:17


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: LobbyControl
Acronym:
Legal status: Registered non-profit organisation (in Germany)
Website address: http://www.lobbycontrol.de

Sections

Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Ulrich Müller
Position: Board member

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Nina Katzemich
Position: Campaigner

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 7 Am Justizzentrum 
Köln 50939
GERMANY
Telephone number: (+49) 221 9957150
Fax number: (+49) 221 99571510
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: LobbyControl promotes transparency and a vivid democracy. We do research on lobbying, PR campaigns and think tanks and inform the public how they influence politics and media and where that becomes problematic. We also campaign for more transparency and a legal, institutional and societal framework that limits the improper influence of lobbyists on both politics and the public at large. LobbyControl was founded in 2005.

LobbyControl is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. LobbyControl believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of LobbyControl, carry out such activities.

Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines on http://www.act4europe.org/register or http://www.alter-eu.org”
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information: On behalf of LobbyControl the persons listed below have had, during the reporting period, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 20 percent or more of their working time on behalf of LobbyControl carrying out such activities:
Nina Katzemich (until Dezember 31, 2013), Max Bank (since November 1, 2013) (issue: lobby transparency and ethic rules, both part time)

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


LobbyControl campaigns for more transparency and a legal, institutional and societal framework that limits the improper influence of lobbyists on both politics and the public at large.

On the EU level we especially lobby for more lobby transparency – that means especially improving the weak EU transparency register to include names and meaningful financial information (narrow the ranges to 10.000 € and ensure that the information asked for from different types of interest representatives will be comparable and on the same level).

We also campaign for cooling-off periods before EU officials can work as lobbyists, for stricter rules against conflicts of interests (for example for the special advisors of the European Commission) and for an end of privileged access for certain special interests.

Concretely in 2013 we engaged in the following areas:

- Code of conduct for MEPs and especially the putting in place of the rules of procedure that go with the Code
- composition of the EFSA management board and the selection of experts of the scientific panels
- Composition of Expert Groups advising the European Commission
- Transparency Register
- Speaking out for more and stricter ethical and transparency rules as follow-up to the lobbyscandal around former Commissioner John Dalli, as well in the Code of Conduct for Commissioners as in the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists belonging to the Transparency Register
- Composition of the ethical committee of the European Commission (also as follow-up of the Dalli scandal)
- Demanding more transparency in trade negotiations (TTIP, CETA, TISA)

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Food Safety
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Taxation
  • Trade

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 2,097
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):
  • GERMANY

Complementary information:

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




LobbyControl is a member of the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU, www.alter-eu.org) and of the German network for Corporate Accountability (CorA, www.cora-netz.de)

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 370,706
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 370,706
- donations: 208,548
- contributions from members: 145,290
Sales of publications : 16,796
Other : 72
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU, LobbyControl has calculated that it spent an estimated 43.000 Euro in 2013 on activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

Overall we believe that this register is seriously flawed and inadequate as a tool to provide EU lobbying transparency. This register should quickly be replaced by one that ensures real transparency. LobbyControl calls for mandatory registration of all lobbyists targeting EU institutions. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying.

For more information, see www.alter-eu.org


Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.