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Transparency Register celebrates 1st birthday with more than 5,150 registrations, Council engagement and public consultation

Commission Européenne - IP/12/681   22/06/2012

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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 22 June 2012

Transparency Register celebrates 1st birthday with more than 5,150 registrations, Council engagement and public consultation

The Commission and European Parliament's joint Transparency Register (for those engaged in advocacy, interest representation, lobbying etc.) celebrates its first birthday tomorrow (23). The online register offers citizens extensive information on who is seeking to feed and influence European policy-making, and is an innovative example of cooperation between EU institutions.

The anniversary coincides with a decision by the Council of Ministers to be represented as well, by sending an observer to the joint secretariat that deals with the day-to-day management of the register.

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: "The new Transparency Register has had a very promising first year. The registration figures speak for themselves – more than 5,150 organisations are now bound by the same code of conduct in their interactions with our institutions, and registrations continue their upward trend."

"The Council's decision to get involved as an observer also sends a message to the public that all three major EU institutions are working together in this important area. I would very much welcome the full participation of the Council in the Transparency Register as soon as possible."

To lay the foundations of a review process next year, and to feed into preparations for the first annual report on how the register is doing, an online public consultation of stakeholders has been launched which will last until 31 August 2012.

The anniversary also marks the formal closure of the Commission's old register of interest representatives, introduced in 2008. Organisations in the old register have gradually transferred to the new one during the 12-month switchover period, while all new registrations have taken place exclusively in the joint Transparency Register.

Background

Link to the public consultation concerning the Transparency register:

http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/civil_society/consultation/transparency_register_en.htm

Link to the Transparency Register:

http://europa.eu/transparency-register/index_en.htm

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/de/pressroom/content/20120625IPR47616/html/EU-Transparency-Register-over-5000-interest-groups-sign-up-in-first-year

Contacts :

Antonio Gravili (+32 2 295 43 17)

Marilyn Carruthers (+32 2 299 94 51)


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