A joint letter supported by over 100 NGOs was published today, calling on the Members of the European Parliament to adopt a strong negotiating position on the EU Transparency Register. Negotiations on the new inter-institutional agreement are expected to start soon between the Parliament, Commission and Council.
The NGOs urge MEPs to:
- Commit to only meet with registered lobbyists
- Ensure that more resources are provided to the register secretariat to ensure data quality
- Retain the current definition of lobbying, which includes direct and indirect lobbying
- Maintain the objective of a legally-binding lobby register in the long-term.
The signatories of the joint letter include leading NGOs, including Greenpeace, Oxfam, the European Youth Forum, Social Platform and Transparency International.