Europe calls for manatory lobbying rulebook

The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee is in favour of a mandatory rulebook for lobbyists working in the European Union.

With the number of lobbyists in Brussels now reaching Washington proportions, Diana Wallis MEP (Lib Dem, UK) has called for more robust systems in a draft opinion to European Parliament.
Wallis casts doubt on a voluntary registration system as originally proposed by the Commission as it is ‘unlikely to be sufficiently different from the present system’.
But College Hill public policy division MD Warwick Smith argued that voluntary systems are far more effective that statuary rules, adding: ‘We are a much more open bunch of people than the typical Washington lobbyists.’
However, Smith supported the report’s insistence that lawyers who act as lobbyists must be subject to the same rules as professional lobbyists.

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