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The European Commission Register of Interest Representatives: Expectation and Reality
Rejstřík zástupců zájmových skupin Evropské komise: očekávání a skutečnost

Author(s): Markéta Pitrová, Jana Zatloukalová
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: CONECCS; European Transparency Initiative (ETI); European Commission; interest groups; lobbying; Register of Interest Representatives; transparency in decision-making

Summary/Abstract: This article seeks to identify functional and systemic shortcomings of the Register of Interest Representatives (the Register) and contrasts them with the Commission’s own evaluation of the Register’s functioning. Special attention is accorded to the analysis of financial data published by interest groups in the Register. The article builds on original empirical research in which quantifiable data from 1063 registered interest groups were evaluated. The analysis of the financial data is complemented by the results of a questionnaire given to the registered interest groups. The questionnaire was addressed to almost one third (324) of interests registered at the end of February 2009; the return rate achieved 22.84 %. The research suggests that the methods for calculating financial amounts are inadequate. This situation is exacerbated by a passive control system of truthfulness and completeness of registered data, as well as by a weak voluntarily motivation to register and by the lack of a sanctions policy. These factors diminish the credibility of the data in the Register. Consequently, the level of transparency with regard to the financial aspects of lobbying is, to a great extent, limited.

  • Issue Year: XVIII/2011
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 274-299
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Czech