The Transparency initiative launched on 9 November 2005 by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas was most welcome. The complex of measures proposed by Mr Kallas included codes of conduct for lobbying groups and civil society organisations.
On the basis of Mr Kallas’s European Transparency Initiative, the European Parliament adopted at its plenary sitting on 8 May 2008 a motion for a resolution (P6_TA(2008)0197) on development of the framework for the activities of interest representatives (lobbyists) in the European institutions (2007/2115(INI)).
In its motion for a resolution, Parliament stated that it:
‘ [a]cknowledges that a rapporteur may, as he or she sees fit (on a voluntary basis), use a “legislative footprint”, i.e. an indicative list (attached to Parliament's reports) of registered interest representatives who were consulted, and had significant input, during the preparation of the report; considers it particularly advisable that such list be included in legislative reports; stresses, nevertheless, that it is even more important for the Commission to attach such “legislative footprint” to its legislative initiatives’.
When does the Commission propose to introduce the attachment of such a ‘legislative footprint’ to its legislative initiatives?