Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3

Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

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This report takes stock of progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying – the only international instrument addressing major risks in the public decision-making process related to lobbying. The review process found that although there is an emerging consensus on the need for transparency to shed light on lobbying, new regulations are often scandal-driven instead of forward looking.

In countries that have regulations in place, the degree of transparency in lobbying varies considerably across OECD members. Moving forward, it will be essential for countries to focus efforts on the implementation of the Recommendation, in order to strengthen confidence in the public decision-making process and restore trust in government. It will also be crucial to strengthen the implementation of the wider integrity framework, as it is the prime tool for safeguarding transparency and integrity in the decision-making process in general and lobbying practices in particular.


Slovenia: The regulation of lobbying in place and the challenge of implementation

This chapter provides a historic overview to the regulation of lobbying in Slovenia and presents the main provisions relating to lobbying in the 2010 Integrity and Prevention of Corruption Act. The definitions of a number of key terms such as lobbying, lobbyists, and lobbied persons are presented, and the two-track approach of sharing the responsibility of registration between lobbyists and lobbied persons is introduced. Finally, some of the key challenges faced by Slovenia in the implementation of the Act are described together with potential explanations for the emergence of these challenges.


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