Lobbying in the European Union

05-11-2007

This paper surveys the history of European Lobbying and recent empirical studies on current practice. It presents some key results on the structure, methods and stra-tegies of professional interest representation in Brussels. The briefing also comments on the Commission's European Transparency Initiative, underlining the need to create a single mandatory registry at the Commission and the European Parliament. An inter-institutional approach would reduce the opportunities for lobbyists to venue-shop and increase the exclusion costs of misinformation

This paper surveys the history of European Lobbying and recent empirical studies on current practice. It presents some key results on the structure, methods and stra-tegies of professional interest representation in Brussels. The briefing also comments on the Commission's European Transparency Initiative, underlining the need to create a single mandatory registry at the Commission and the European Parliament. An inter-institutional approach would reduce the opportunities for lobbyists to venue-shop and increase the exclusion costs of misinformation

Vanjski autor

Dr David Coen, School of Public Policy, University College London, London WC1, UK