Citizens of the European Union expect EU decision making to be as open as possible. Following this thought, why do we not have a mandatory transparency register yet?

In order to make lobbying more transparent and to relieve the mistrust against professional lobbyists I call for an implementation of a mandatory registration of every lobby organisation.

Not only does this help serious, professional lobbyists to clear their image but also prevents shady lobbying strategies from interfering in European politics. A strong democracy like the European Union profits from a landscape of diverse interests and therefore has to provide sufficient mechanisms of transparency.

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A mandatory transparency register is not harming lobbyists operating in a professional manner. In the EU lobbying is needed in order to provide expertise in certain fields.

Thus, everybody profits from a mandatory transparency register.

The reason for this petition is mainly that a voluntary registration of lobby groups is not enough regulation for a transparent and complex environment of interest representation within the European Union. It should be self-explanatory why we need a mandatory registration on European level.

Thank you for your support, Antonia Munz from Brussels
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  • Heinrich Munz Bergatreute

    on 25 Jun 2018

    Demokratie lebt von Transparenz!

  • Nicht öffentlich Schwarzenfeld

    on 23 Jun 2018

    Ich unterstürze diese Petition, da Transparenz essentiell für den Bestand der EU ist. Davon profitieren die EU, die Bürger aber auch die Lobbyisten selbst.

  • on 23 Jun 2018

    I believe that lobbying is an important aspect of the democratic process, but people do not have enough information about lobbying. In order to make the process smoother and more transparent, all interest groups should be made to register, so that citizens have adequate information about who their MEP is talking to.

  • on 23 Jun 2018

    Lobbying erodes democratic governance unless properly limited and regulated.

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