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Brussels, 23 June 2006

EESC Hearing on the
European transparency Initiative
11 July 2006, 10 a.m.
EESC headquarters
99, rue Belliard - 1040 Brussels

As part of the public consultation by the European Commission which started with the publication, on 3 May 2006, of a Green Paper on the European Transparency Initiative, the European Economic and Social Committee is organising, at the request of and in close cooperation with, the Commission a hearing of the parties concerned; European civil society organisations, consultancies, business sector lobby groups, law firms and think tanks.

The debates will focus on two key questions related to enhancing transparency in the activities of civil society organisations and other interest groups: creating a system for registering civil society organisations and other interest groups, and drawing up a joint code of conduct.

The results of this hearing, as well as those of the public consultation, will be fed into the Commission's work on the specific measures, which will follow the Green Paper, to improve transparency in the European Union.

For more details about this consultation, please contact the EESC's Unit for Relations with civil society organisations and constitutional matters: Patrick Fève, tel.: +32.(0)2.546.96.16, email:

The European Transparency Initiative was launched by the Commission on 9 November 2005 with the aim of strengthening the legitimacy of the policy- and decision-making processes of the European institutions.
In publishing this Green Paper, the Commission intended to stimulate a public debate with all the parties involved on means of improving transparency in terms of the need to establish a more structured framework for the activities of interest groups, feedback on minimum standards for Commission consultation of civil society, and disclosure of information about the beneficiaries of Community funds.
The period of public consultation will run until 31 August 2006.

For more details, please contact:
Karel Govaert or Christian Weger, EESC Press Office
Rue Belliard 99, B-1040; Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 546 9396/9586; Mobile: +32 475 75 32 02


The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they represent, to participate in the Community decision-making process. The Committee has 317 members. Its members are appointed by the Council.

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