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.