This document sets out the classes of information that should be made available by public bodies in order to get a full picture of the influence of interest groups, particularly lobbyists, on governmental and legislative decision making.
For a member of the public to be able to follow how a particular decision is being or was taken, it is essential that there be full transparency about the influences which shaped that decision.
Access Info Europe asserts that regulation of lobbyists is necessary but not sufficient for the public to have a full picture of private influence on decision making. What is also needed is for the public to be able to track the influence of lobbyists on the decision-making process, which requires for a range of other information to be made available by the public bodies themselves.
The levels of transparency required to achieve that full picture of lobbying and to ensure accountability are set out in detail in these recommendations.