The UK MEPs who sit in the European and Conservative and Reformists Group (ECR) have adopted a “Policy on transparency regarding Lobbying” and since 2010, records of the meetings they have with stakeholders are published online each semester. The information provided proactively includes:
» The date of the meeting,
» The name of the lobbyist,
» The organisation(s) represented,
» The clients represented (although this field is often left blank),
» The context in which they meet.
The latest report is available here.
However, the level of detail reported by each individual MEPs varies considerably, with some reporting no lobby contacts at all in the past six months, whilst others provide details of dinners, calls and conferences, or of tours and visits.
The specificity of the subject matter also varies as some descriptions are rather vague, for example “UK economic recovery”, whilst others, such as those reported by Nerj Deva, (“To discuss chemical regulation in Europe with regards to manoeuvrability and restrictions on the use of Chromium 6”) and Charles Tannock (“Attended an event to hear about the establishment of a Credit Union outlet in my constituency in order to learn about the services it can offer local residents”) are much more complete.
The UK Conservatives also list information about their membership in European Parliamentary Intergroups, clubs, fora or body of any kind with an interest in European Parliamentary activities.