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Regulace procesu prosazování zájmů v EU: lobbing v evropských institucích
Regulating the Process of Interest Assertion in the EU: Lobbying in European Institutions

Author(s): Markéta Pitrová, Alžběta Gala
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: EU; lobbying; interest groups; European Commission; European Parliament

Summary/Abstract: It is obvious that lobbying in European institutions is an inseparable part of the EU legislative process. The growth of lobbying and the greater sensitivity of European institutions to their public image have resulted in lobbying being more closely regulated now. The basic purpose of all regulation and codes is to bring lobbying into the open. The regulation of lobbying in Brussels seems essential so as to introduce greater transparency in EU law making. The aim of this paper is to outline the particularities of lobbying regulation in the European Commission and the European Parliament, i.e. the two most lobbied EU institutions. The European Commission, with its monopoly of legislative initiative, offers a unique possibility to influence the process of legislation formation from the very beginning. The EP has been able to amend legislation since the enactment of the Single European Act in July 1987, thereby incorporating certain interests and policy aims in the decision making process. The paper aims to tackle the following questions: What is the development of European institutions’ attitudes towards interest group actions? Are there any explicit regulation criteria for the assertion of interests? In this respect, does the EU act homogenously or not? And in the casethat it does not, is there any substantiation for different approaches?

  • Issue Year: XV/2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 103-129
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Czech