Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The Sunday Times has claimed three MEPs agreed to work for a fake lobbying company in return for a fee.

The newspaper said that the three subsequently put forward amendments to key draft legislation in the European Parliament, of which two went on to appear in official parliamentary documents, exactly as instructed by the fake lobbying company. Austrian MEP Ernst Strasser has resigned following the allegations.

Executives from some of the UK's biggest lenders are understood to be meeting Treasury officials to lobby on an 'almost daily basis' in the run-up to the publication of an official report into British banks' future, according to The Sunday Telegraph. The Independent Commission on Banking's interim report is due to be published on 11 April.

Efpia (the European Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) has announced that Richard Bergstrom will be its new director-general. Bergstrom is currently director-general of LIF, the Swedish research-based pharma industry association.

Finsbury associate partner Scott Colvin has penned his first book, titled How to Use Politicians to Get What You Want. Colvin was head of group public affairs at BAA before leaving 18 months ago for the agency. The book will be published on 14 April by Biteback.

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