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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.

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The EU Transparency Register: Increasing the transparency of interest representation in Brussels

The Transparency Register was set up by the European Parliament and the European Commission in June 2011. Its purpose is to provide EU citizens with information about organisations engaged in activities that seek to influence the EU decision-making process.This chapter provides an overview of the objectives of the Register as well as its scope, implementation and impact. The chapter also provides an overview of challenges faced in the implementation of the Register and the priority issues discussed in the ongoing review process.

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