Lobbying regulation – endless discussion and questionable outcomes
Lithuania has some of the strictest lobbying regulations in the EU. First introduced in 2000, the Law on Lobbying Activities has been debated ever since.
The most recent amendments came into force on 1
Another tricky aspect to be considered, is the interpretation of what is, and what is not lobbying.
Another tricky aspect to be
Is there a better alternative?
Let’s introduce a transparency registry instead, where each lobbyist, be it an NGO, a business organization, or an individual, could register and declare their topics of interest. To get a better picture of their legislative footprint, each of them would have to register specific draft laws or other legislation that they are actively working on.
Let’s introduce a transparency registry instead, where each lobbyist, be it an NGO, a business organization, or an individual, could register and declare their topics of interest.
Being on the registry should have real-life benefits. It could ensure access to additional information on specific topics, admission to meetings and working groups. In tandem with a potential punishment for undeclared lobbying, this would motivate all concerned parties to register.
The transparency registry would be an easy, low maintenance means of having all the interest groups, segmented by topics, in one central database. It would indicate which, if any, attempted to influence specific legislation, without time-consuming and overly complicated cross-declaration.