On the 23 June 2011, a new voluntary ’Transparency Register’ was launched by the European Commission and the European Parliament. It replaces the European Commission ’Register of Interest Representatives’. The EU Civil Society Contact Group decided adopt higher standards of transparency and be consistent with the criticisms the Group formulated about the Register.
The EU Civil Society Contact Group guidelines reflect in depth discussion with ALTER-EU as well as lobby transparency experts, in particular comparing the EU framework with the US lobby disclosure legislations.
Members of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU have therefore decided to adopt higher standard of transparency than the inconsistent and insufficient requirements for registration in the “Transparency Register”. It also aims to show how the Register could be improved.
A meaningful register must disclose:
The EU CSCG guidelines target all organisations entities that want to register in the voluntary “Transparency Register”.
In the guidelines you can find:
European Parliament first ever code of conduct for MEPs
Civil Society Contact Group expresses concerns on access to the European Parliament
EU lobbying transparency a step closer but still some way to go
*UPDATED* European Transparency Initiative: an empty vessel?
*UPDATED* Green Paper on a European Transparency Initiative
The European Public Health Alliance holds the secretariat of the Civil Society Contact Group in 2012 and chairs it until June 2012.