European Commission tightens lobby register rules

The EU executive has adopted changes to its register of EU lobbyists following its first year review, clarifying what constitutes lobbying and eliminating loopholes. However it will keep registration to the list voluntary.

The European Commission tightened the definition of lobbying. Registrants should from now on disclose all activities with "the aim of influencing European policy formulation," including social events, studies, or activities directed at EU member states. Stakeholders had complained the old definition was too vague.

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