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Rejstřík transparentnosti EU: Hodnocení regulačních pravidel podle CPI
The EU Transparency Register: Evaluation of the Lobby Rules via the CPI methodology

Author(s): Markéta Pitrová, Radana Kubová
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: Lobbying Regulation; European Commission; European Parliament; Transparency Register; CPI Methodology

Summary/Abstract: A common initiative of the European Parliament and the European Commission resulted in the unification of the rules governing lobbyists at EU level in June 2011. The aim of this paper is to fill the gap in the literature as regards evaluation of the new system of the EU Transparency Register using the CPI methodology and to generate a numerical value for the scheme for further comparative purposes. Detailed analysis of relevant documents indicates that the current EU scheme’s index is 26, which mirrors its supposed low level of stringency. Thorough comparison with past regulatory schemes of the Parliament and Commission reveals that, surprisingly, it is the European Parliament which has made greater steps in lobby regulation, especially towards enhancing transparency in lobbying. Although the new scheme represents a compromise between both institutional approaches, regarding its individual elements, there is a clear dominance of the Commission’s approach, which can be regarded as the true leader of reform.

  • Issue Year: XV/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 324-341
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Czech