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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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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...