Brussels plans code of conduct

Brussels-based lobbyists have agreed a set of 10 principles they hope will underpin any future code of conduct.

The principles have been sent to EU commission­er ­Siim Kallas, who plans such a code as part of his ‘European transparency initiative’.

One principle states that, in their dealings with EU insti­tutions, lobbyists should ‘identify themselves by name and organisation and the ­interest they represent’. ­Another says they should ‘hon­our confidential information given to them’. A third says they must ‘not offer any finan­cial or other inducement that would constitute improper influence’.

The principles have been developed by the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association, the Internation­al Public Relations Association and the Society of European Public Affairs Professionals.

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