Individual MEPs

Similar to legislative footprints, but on a more general note, some parliamentarians have voluntarily disclosed
information on meetings with interest groups. For example:

Sven Giegold

How is he setting an example?

Reinhard Bütikhofer

How is he setting an example?

Richard Corbett

How is he setting an example?

Keith Taylor

How is he setting an example?

Political Groups in the EP

Two European Parliament political groups have decided to implement a series of transparency good practice via the disclosure of key decision-making process documents related to lobbying:

European Parliament Reports


On 1 December 2014, the European Commission adopted a new policy whereby:

» Commissioners, Directors General and members of their cabinet can no longer meet with unregistered lobbyists.

» Commissioners, Directors General and members of their cabinet must publish information about meetings that they hold with lobbyists. Although this information is currently spread over more than 80 different websites, the format is all the same and the information can be downloaded in xml file, which at least permits comparability. Commissioners publish the name of the lobby organisation they met with but not the names of individual lobbyists.

» Apart from publishing information about her meetings with lobbyists, Cecilia Malmström, the EU Commissioner for Trade, publishes on her website correspondence received from organisations, companies, ministries and individuals acting in an official capacity. You can also see her responses to the letters and emails received from interest groups. As far as letters from the general public are concerned, Malmström publishes the subject of the correspondence but not the full content, unless the person concerned explicitly consents to having their correspondence made public.

European Commission, 2014