1-2 May, 2016

Andreas Pavlou and Alba Gutiérrez participated in the workshop about EU Lobby Register Reform, together with NGOs from all over Europe, in order to discuss the possible sitching from voluntary to mandatory lobby registration. EP Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume held the debate with stakeholders and experst together with Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans in the Parliament’s premises in Brussels.

Every participating country introduced their respective situations regarding lobby regulation and Access Info Europe talked about the Spanish regulation.
Andreas Pavlou also addressed Alter EU’s strategy for Europe.



2nd of May – Knowledge Sharing – start at 10:00
10:00 Introductions and country updates
11:00 Presentation by MEP Sven Giegold on his report on the Transparency and Accountability of the EU Institutions followed by Q&A
11:45 Country updates and best practice exchange (5 min each + discussion)
Ireland (TI)
France (TI)
Netherlands (TI + ALTER EU)
Germany (Lobbycontrol)
UK/Scotland (TI + ALTER EU)
15 Minute break
12:00 Continued country updates and best practice exchange (5 min each + discussion)
Spain (Access Info)
Italy (TI + Riparte Il Futuro)
Poland (ALTER EU)
Slovenia (TI via Skype)
Hungary (ALTER EU)
Lithuania (TI)
13:00 Lunch presentation on “reforming the EU lobby register” by TI EU + preparation of afternoon event
14:00 Leaving for EP Security Check
15:00 – 18:00 European Commission / European Parliament event on the EU Lobby Register
Syilvie Guillaume, Vice-President of the European Parliament
Martin Kröger, Coordinator of the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat
Break-out session 1: Incentives & sanctions
Break-out session 2: Disclosure requirements
Break-out session 3: national lobbying regulation
Plenary: Guillaume, Timmermans, NL presidency
20:00 Joint Dinner at Arcadi Café (Arenbergstraat 1B, 1000 Brussel in downtown Brussels)

3rd of May – Campaign Coordination – start at 9:00
9:00 Presentation ALTER EU campaign & discussion
9:45 Presentation TI campaign & discussion
Public Consultation
Lobby Letter
10:30 Presentation from Greens in the European Parliament on their campaign activities (Pam)
10:45 Break
11:00 Campaign coordination
How to support both National EU level
Brainstorming new, missing campaign elements
Strategic reflection on what comes after the consultation
Joint media work (presentation on use of Integrity Watch)
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Afternoon Sessions
Internal TI Meeting (chapters, TI EU, TI S)
Internal ALTER EU meetings (at Mundo B)