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Interview of Karl Isaksson

Karl Isaksson is president of the European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA) for lobbying organisations. He spoke to the Accountancy Magazine Please find the full article here  
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Interview with Michalis Neoptolemou on L...

Why should lobbying be regulated? Because unregulated, secret lobbying as such may undermine democratic principles and good governance. In a democracy, all interests ought to be duly taken into account and all citizens should have equal access to the law and decision making. What are the main reasons for the lack of lobbying regulation in Cyprus? I believe the system itself serves and facilitates those political parties and decision makers that want to refrain from transparency procedures since many decades now. It is well known that the lack of transparency serves unfair...
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Lobbying Regulation in the EU: transpare...

A paper co-authored by Dr. Maria Kapardis and Christina Nephytidou, presented at the 37th International Anti-Corruption, Governance and Human rights conference in Paris 18-19 of May. Abstract: Lobbying is an inherent aspect within the democratic regimes across the globe. Although it can provide decision-makers with valuable knowledge and grant access to stakeholders in the decision-making process, it can also lead to undue influence and unfair competition at the expense of the public interest if it is not transparent. Given the multi-level governance structure of the EU,...
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Europe’s unregulated lobbying opens door...

Cyprus has ranked at the bottom of the assessment, performing poorly in almost every area assessed Download the full report here  Limassol, 15 April 2015 – Transparency International said today that Europe urgently needs lobbying reform. More specifically, the new report from Transparency International found that Cyprus needs to urgently address the lack of meaningful regulation in order to improve the state of lobbying and reduce the nearly unfettered influence of business interests on the daily lives of Cypriots. Lobbying is any direct or indirect communication with...
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Χαρτογράφιση του Λόμπυ στη Κύπρο...

H έκθεση δείχνει ότι οι πρακτικές lobbying στην Κύπρο περιβάλλονται από ένα πέπλο μυστικότητας ενώ επιτρέπουν στην ευνοιοκρατία να επηρεάσει τις δημόσιες διαδικασίες λήψης αποφάσεων Λόγω του ότι στην Κύπρο υπάρχει απουσία κανονιστικών ρυθμίσεων για το lobbying, η προσπάθεια επηρεασμού των φορέων λήψεις αποφάσεων είναι...
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Lifting the Lid on Lobbying.

In the absence of lobbying regulation in Cyprus, the common practice of interest groups trying to influence public decision-making processes is especially worrisome given that it is opaque, taking place mostly through informal meetings and at social events – away from public scrutiny, said Cyprus University of Technology in the first-ever comprehensive report on lobbying in Cyprus. “In a country where favouritism, bribery and nepotism thrive, the risks of unregulated and opaque lobbying are indeed alarming and cannot be ignored, which is why lobbying practices must...
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Lobbying in European Union

The more political influence the European Union (“EU”) gains on a global level and the more policy areas it covers, the more interesting it becomes for lobbyists.[citation needed] With the Enlargement of the European Union in 2004, this development has taken a further step, bringing in not only a lot more players and stakeholders but a wide range of different political cultures and traditions, as well.[citation needed] According to Austrian Member of the European Parliament (“MEP”) Hans-Peter Martin, the value of lobby invitations and offers each...
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Etymology of Lobbying

In a report carried by the BBC, an OED lexicographer has shown that “lobbying” finds its roots in the gathering of Members of Parliament and peers in the hallways (“lobbies”) of the UK Houses of Parliament before and after parliamentary debates. One now-debunked story held that the term originated at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, where it was supposedly used by Ulysses S. Grant to describe the political wheelers and dealers who frequented the hotel’s lobby to access Grant—who was often there to enjoy a cigar and...
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