Accredited lobbyists and journalists
On 23 June 2011 the European Parliament and the European Commission inaugurated a joint, public transparency register to provide information on those who seek to influence EU policy. As was the aim from the outset, the register now includes law firms, NGOs and think-tanks as well as traditional lobbyists.
In April 2018, there were 11,739 organisations on the register, of which 7235 people are accredited to the Parliament. Registration is mandatory to obtain a lobbyist's badge to access the European Parliament.
The European Parliament, Commission and Council started on 16 April 2018 the political negotiations on new joint rules that will bring yet more transparency to the activities of interest representatives at the EU level. The aim of the proposed new inter-institutional agreement is also to include the Council in the scope of the lobby register, since it has so far remained only an observer to the system.
There are also about 900 journalists accredited with all the EU institutions, and around 80 more are accredited with Parliament alone.