Lobbyists tell EU 'no' on regulation

The Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) is urging the EU not to apply statutory regulation to the Brussels lobbying industry.

In its response to the EU consultation on lobbying, the APPC is expected to argue the merits of self-regulation that prevail for its UK member public affairs firms.

‘As soon as you have a rules-based system, people expend all their energy getting around the rules,' said APPC management committee member, Edelman Europe vice-chairman Michael Burrell. He added that the US statutory system was unable to preclude the disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abrahamoff.

The consultation, which closes on 31 August, comes under the European Commission's European Transparency Initiative Green ­Paper. Overseen by Commissioner Kallas, it was prompted by a campaign by NGOs calling for the statutory regulation of the industry.

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