A survey(1) published recently by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) reveals that, almost two years after the European Commission launched a voluntary lobby transparency register, 60 % of EU lobbying consultancies are still not registered. The group has called on EU officials to refuse to meet with groups which have not signed up to the register, since only 112 of the 286 consultancies providing EU lobbying services that have been identified are listed on the Commission's register (39.2 %). Of the 174 consultancies missing from the Commission's register, 104 have lobbyists accredited at the European Parliament.
The ALTER-EU survey underlines the need to urgently implement the European Parliament resolution of May 2008(2) that called for a mandatory register of all actors lobbying the EU institutions, including names of lobbyists and detailed information on the money behind the lobbying.
1. Will the Commission consider implementing the report's recommendation to refuse to meet with groups which have not signed up to the register?
2. What necessary measures will be taken by the Commission in order to ensure that all consultancies and lobbyists are registered and accredited?
3. Does the Commission plan to implement the mandates of the European Parliament resolution of 8 May 2008?