Answer given by Mr Barroso on behalf of the Commission
The Commission reviewed the framework for its relations with representatives of interest (advocacy- lobbying) in October 2009(1) and concluded that ‘the results obtained so far, the ongoing overall trend observed, and the main observations formulated in [this] Communication underpin the basic choices that have been made for the system, namely: a voluntary approach, a reasonable level of financial disclosure, and declarations by organisations rather than individuals. The number of registrations reached shows that the Register provides a sound basis on which to build, and that further improvements could help to strengthen it.’
The overall number of registrations is now approaching the 2 800 mark. It benefits from a steady influx of registrations since its beginning, and the number is still rising. Therefore, the coverage of the Register, though already quite significant at this stage, has not yet achieved its full potential.
The Commission and the Parliament have endeavoured to establish a single common register together. Their joint working group has just resumed its work, aiming at the opening of the common register in the course of 2011.