Registered non-profit organisation (in Germany)
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Am Justizzentrum, 7
(+49) 221 9957150
Mr Ulrich Müller
Ms Nina Katzemich
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 main objective of LobbyControl in the EU is to promote transparency of the EU decision-making process and effective ethics regulations for EU decision-makers.
Important dossiers we engaged in in 2014 were:
• 2014/2010(ACI) Inter-Institutional Agreement on the Transparency Register
• Report on the modification of the inter-institutional agreement on the Transparency Register (2014/2010(ACI))/ Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri
• Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament with respect to financial interests and conflicts of interest (2011/2174(REG))
• Code of conduct for Commissioners
• Appointment of the new Commissioners
• Review of the Staff Regulations (COM(2011)0890 – C7-0507/2011 – 2011/0455(COD))
• Composition of EC expert groups and Framework for Commission’s expert groups:
Horizontal Rules and Public Register (C(2005)2817)
As we see large democracy and transparency problems in the area of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and other trade agreements, we added this issue as an additional area, especially the arbitration proceedings and the regulatory cooperation
Politics-for-People-Campaign during the elections to the European Parliament
Intergroup on integrity, transparency, corruption and organised crime (ITCO). LobbyControl is NOT a member of this intergroup.
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 make it mandatory and include names and meaningful financial information .
We also campaign for more balance EU expert groups, stricter rules against conflicts of interests (for example for MEPs) and for an end of privileged access for certain special interests.
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:
Max Bank (issues: TTIP, politics-for-poeple-campaign, lobby transparency and ethic rules,part time)
Max Bank in 2014 actually only had a 65%-position at lobbycontrol, supplemented through a few hours spent by interns. With 75%, we decided for the range which is next.
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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)
01/2014 - 12/2014
25,000 € - 49,999 €
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
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 45.000 Euro in 2014 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
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.