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Mandatory or Voluntary? Time for a Lobby Register that Really Works!

AK EUROPA, the Brussels office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, the ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, and ALTER-EU, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation, would like to cordially invite you to the panel discussion:


17 June 2013, 18:30h

Brussels, European Parliament, Room ASP 3G2

The joint Transparency Register of the European Commission and the European Parliament came into force in June 2011. The register’s voluntary nature has been a point of discussion since its introduction. Several stakeholders have pointed out that major lobby groups are not yet signed up to or still missing from the register, and that the information provided is not always correct and sometimes even incorrect.

While the European Parliament has spoken out a number of times in favour of a mandatory register, the current joint register is only on a voluntary base. One of the key points of contention has been whether a legal base for a mandatory register exists in the EU Treaties, with the European Commission arguing that it currently does not.

The Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (Arbeiterkammer) and ALTER-EU have asked Markus Krajewski, Professor in Legal Studies at Erlangen-Nürnberg University in Germany, to prepare an analysis of whether such a legal base for a mandatory transparency register exists under the new EU treaties.

The results of that study will be presented and put to discussion by Professor Markus Krajewski.


Hosted and introduced by MEP Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the Legal Affairs Committee

Markus Krajewski, Professor of Public and International Law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Gerard Légris, Head of Unit for Transparency, Secretariat-General of the European Commission

Angélique Hardy, Assistant to MEP Monica Macovei

Paul de Clerck, Coordinator Economic Justice Programme Friends of the Earth Europe and Steering Group member of ALTER EU

The discussion will be held in English.

Following the discussion we would like to invite you to join us for a buffet dinner.

Please register using the following link:

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If you do not have (permanent) access to the European Parliament, please send us your full name, nationality and date of birth for registration purposes.
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