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Parliamentary questions
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2 July 2018
E-002477/2018(ASW)
Answer given by First Vice-President Timmermans on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002477/2018

1. The European Commission would like to draw the attention of the Honourable Member that the Transparency Register is operated jointly by the European Parliament and the Commission. The European Commission is not responsible for the issuing of long-term passes to the European Parliament.

Organisations and individuals are required to register in the Transparency Register prior to requesting access to the European Parliament in the form of a long-term pass, but registration does not confer an automatic entitlement to such access. Any decision on a request for access to the European Parliament's premises is the sole prerogative of the European Parliament.

The European Commission does not operate a system of granting long-term passes to its premises. Access to its building is granted on a ‘need-to-access basis’ and each request is evaluated on its own merits. Visitors must be accompanied by a European Commission official at all times.

2. According to the provisions of the Interinstitutional Agreement on the Transparency Register, the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat may open an investigation into alleged breaches of the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

There are no exclusions foreseen based on the nationality of an organisation's members. In case the Honourable Member has any concrete information relating to possible breaches of the Code of Conduct by any organisation registered in the Transparency Register or by its representatives, he is welcome to transmit them to the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat run by the European Parliament and the European Commission which will ensure due follow-up.

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