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Guidelines for Lobby Register
Find the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU guidelines on "How to make a transparent registration in the Transparency Register" here.
In an attempt to ensure that the European Union is “open to public scrutiny”, the European Commission in November 2005 launched the European Transparency Initiative . As part of this initiative, a register for interest representatives was launched in June 2008. Companies, business associations, consultancies as well as civil society organisations that engage in “activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions” are encouraged to register in a voluntary online register. The EU Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU have criticised the register as fundamentally flawed because it does not require organisations to register individual lobbyists who work for them, and because financial information on lobbying expenditure in the register is inconsistent and not comparable.
These guidelines cover those steps of the registration that are particularly relevant to improve EU lobbying transparency. They do not cover each step of the online registration procedure.