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Profile of registrant

Frank Bold Society

Identification number in the register: 57221111091-19
Registration date: 06/02/09 16:53:18

The information on this organisation was last modified on 10/01/14 09:09:43
The date of the last annual update was 10/01/14 09:09:43


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Frank Bold Society
Acronym: FBS
Legal status: non-profit organisation - civic association
Website address: http://www.elseurope.org

Sections

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

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Pavel Franc
Position: Statutory representative

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Christopher Halburd
Position: lawyer

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 567/33 Údolní 
Brno 602 00
CZECH REPUBLIC
Telephone number: (+420) 545575229
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Brussels office:

Frank Bold Society (Environmental Law Service)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brussels-Belgium
+32 (0) 483 606 672

Christopher Halburd
Dip Law MDR MBA LLM
Head of Brussels Operations

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Frank Bold Society is a public interest law organization. Founded in 1995, we use law to protect the human rights, civic rights and the environment. Our vision is of a free society that allows anyone to pursue personal happiness while being responsible for common values including the state of the planet Earth. The democracy must be based on rule of law and on equality of all without regard to political and economical power. We support those people who strive for protection of their rights and public interests and we fight for accountability of governments and of corporations.

In the course of our work, we try to achieve the following:

* effective protection for the rights of citizens and the associations they form for environment
* democratic, just, and open decision-making by state authorities
* corporate and governmental accountability
* better access to the courts for citizens who use the law to protect the public interest and human rights
* easy and quick access to information for citizens
* benefits for citizens, not narrow-interest lobbies, from new legislation
* better legal awareness among the public
* the involvement of lawyers and law school students in publicly beneficial activities
* the opening up of discussion on burning issues surrounding legal protection of public interests and human rights, and how to move towards their solution

At the EU level the FBS is involved in the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) - a coalition of NGOs, trade unions and other civil society groups campaigning for greater corporate social responsibility and corporate accountability. ECCJ calls for better EU regulation to ensure that European companies consider their social and environmental impacts and mitigate them where they are negative. In order to achieve this, we advocate the extension of parent company liability, directors liability, the establishment of a duty of care for companies over their value chain and greater transparency through mandatory social and environmental reporting as well as and clarification of corporate lobbying activities.

In relation to this last aim, we consider this register to be insufficient. The FBS 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 carry out such activities.

Lastly, we believe that this register should be mandatory also for lobbyists lobbying the Council.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

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

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Christopher Halburd 14/01/14 09/01/15

Activities

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


The lobbying objectives of FBS at the EU level follow the objectives of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice. The subject matter of these activities is promotion of better corporate accountability policy and legislation.

In 2013, these activities were conducted on behalf of FBS by Filip Gregor and Christopher Halburd, employees of FBS. Each of them spent aprox. 10% of their respective working times on preparing policy proposals and explaining them to policy-makers.

The issues they have worked on:
* new EU CSR policy, including implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles (objective: reflect human rights impacts in the policy; outline regulatory reforms to be implemented by the EU)
* announced legislation on non-financial reporting by companies (objective: implementation of human rights due diligence and reporting on risks and impacts in social and environmental sphere in the new legislation)

In 2013, Filip Gregor and Christopher Halburd had meetings or spoke on phone with following European policy makers:

1. Subject-matter: European Commission's proposal for a directive on non-financial reporting by certain large companies:
EP: MEP Arlene McCarthy, MEP Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, MEP Andrzej Grzyb, MEP Richard Howitt, MEP Berndhard Rapkay, MEP Evelyn Regner, MEP Rebecca Taylor
Council: Mr. Audrius Linartas, Lithuanian presidency, Mrs. Martina Nemcova, Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic
Commission: DG Internal Market: Mr. Nicolas Bernier-Abad

2. Subject-matter: company law reform
Commission: DG Internal Market: Mr. Nicolas Bernier-Abad, Mr. Jeroen Hooijer, Mr. Ward Mohlmann
DG Connect: Mrs. Nicole Dewandre, Mr. Robert Madelin, Mrs. Monika Schroeder
EP: MEP Richard Howitt, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen

3. Subject-matter: EU priorities for implementation of the Commission: DG Enterprise: Mrs. Sophie Mueller, Mr. Thomas Dodd

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

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 5
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):
  • BELGIUM
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • POLAND

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.




The FBS is member of the Steering Group of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) - a coalition of NGOs, trade unions and other civil society groups campaigning for greater corporate social responsibility and corporate accountability. ECCJ calls for better EU regulation to ensure that European companies consider their social and environmental impacts and mitigate them where they are negative.

Today ECCJ membership includes ten national CSO platforms (in Spain, Italy, France, UK, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland), six organizations representing a country where no platform has yet been established (Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland), three European organizations (Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and Karat), and one international organization (FIDH).

For more information see http://www.corporatejustice.org


The FBS is a founding member of Justice & Environment. Justice & Environment is a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-governmental independent association of public interest environmental law organisations, based in the EU member states. J&E aims to use law to protect people, the environment and nature. Our primary goal is to ensure the implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation through the use of European law and exchange of information.J&E works on the EU and national levels. Internationally, J&E focuses on implementation and transposition of horizontal legal issues. The strong grass roots contacts of our members encouraged J&E to concentrate on horizontal problems with the Aarhus Convention and related legislation, Environmental impact assessment, Environmental Liability, pollution, Natura 2000, Transport and organisational capacity. The network has a unique ability to analyse and evaluate the implementation of the environmental acquis in EU Member States. We provide an expert, comparative perspective in identifying and assessing gaps in the implementation of existing EU environmental provisions. J&E also evaluates the impact that new EU environmental provisions can have on Member States given the specific characteristics of their legal systems, economic development and natural environment. Our work provides a public record of information not otherwise available, in the form of legal analysis, case studies, position papers and subsequent communication of this message to decision makers.

Full members of J&E are:
* EELC - Estonian Environmental Law Center, Estonia
* EMLA - Environmental Management and Law Association, Hungary
* FBS - Frank Bold Society, Czech Republic
* OEKOBUERO – Coordination Bureau of Austrian Environmental NGOs - Austria
* PIC Center for Public Acvocacy, Slovenia
* Via Iuris - Slovakia

Associated members:
* The Association for Environmental Justice (Spain),
* Centre for Legal Resources (Romania),
* Front 21/42 (Macedonia),
* International Institute for Law and the Environment (Spain),
* Legal Information Centre (Slovenia),
* Milieukontakt (Netherlands)
* Zelena Akcija (Croatia)

For more information please visit http://www.justiceandenvironment.org


FBS is member o OECD Watch. OECD Watch is an international network of civil society organisations promoting corporate accountability. The purpose of OECD Watch is to inform the wider NGO community about policies and activities of the OECD's Investment Committee and to test the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The network has a Coordination Committee with a diverse regional representation, and is currently made up by SOMO (Netherlands - secretariat), ACIDH (Democratic Republic of Congo), Association Sherpa (France), Brotherhood of St Laurence (Australia), CEDHA (Argentina), CIVIDEP (India), ForUM, (Norway), Friends of the Earth Europe (Belgium), and Germanwatch (Germany).

See http://oecdwatch.org/

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 401,475
of which public financing: 96,718
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 0
- Grants: 83,918
- from national sources: 12,800
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 304,757
- donations: 14,689
- contributions from members: 0
vlastní činnost : 22,681
soukromé nadace : 217,066
Švýcarské fondy : 35,321
US Embassy in Prague : 13,856
jiné : 1,144
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

FBS ethical rules
FBS:

* doesn't accept donations from persons violating directly or indirectly human rights, labour rights, or who are abusing the environment
* operates on non-profit basis, whereby the goal of FBS is not acquiring profit and its redistribution among its members. All its income is used by FBS for securing sustainable and effective promotion of FBS' goals
* is transparent and regularly reports about its activities and financial flows on its website and in its annual report

Code of conduct

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