Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register

May 17, 2016

Response prepared by Transport & Environment (T&E)


We believe that lobbying helps shape policy development, however we believe that this process must be both ethical and transparent, ensure equal access.

Transparent lobbying goes beyond the the EU’s lobby transparency register.

Wider transparency rules should be applied (which currently only apply to commissioners, cabinet members and directors-general or 250 individuals) so that no Commission official meets an unregistered lobbyist and so that all lobby meetings held are recorded online. This would broaden the scope by an around 30,000 additional  individuals, including those who have high levels of interactions with lobbyists such as desk officers (who are typically responsible for drafting legislations).