Lobbying Regulation in the EU: transparency’s Achilles heel

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, it is no surprise that the EU policy-making arena has become a place-to-be for lobbyists. However, in order to ensure that influence is legitimate and not biased of any business interests, lobbying must be effectively regulated. A comparison with the US and Canadian lobbying regulatory framework, makes it apparent that lobbying is the Achilles’ heel to transparency in the EU. It is evident that EU institutions suffer from ineffective regulations and could in fact benefit from a more robust, mandatory and better implemented system of lobbying regulation.

Paper available at: https://www.waset.org/abstracts/17192