24 May 2011

Meps Back Joint Parliament and Commission Lobby Register

The European Union, still reeling from corruption scandals involving several MEPs, backed a proposal on Tuesday night to create a lobby or transparency registry in order to more easily and openly track those with a legislative footprint, which would be attached to the end of EU legislation. MEPs also called upon the Council of Ministers to join the Commission and Parliament on the initiative.

The Italian Center-Right MEP Carlo Cassini, who drafted the report, said that This is a step forward, but obviously we will have to take others after this.There is a desire to name the piece a transparency registry rather than a lobby registry in order to involve non-business-oriented organizations such as churches and think tanks.

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