Spending on EU lobbying...

Should be banned and replaced by interest representation in the Economic and Social Committee.
6% (10 votes)
Should be restricted so that richer groups do not have greater influence than poorer groups.
32% (53 votes)
Should be subsidised so that smaller groups have a chance to be represented.
5% (9 votes)
Should be made transparent.
57% (96 votes)
Total votes: 168

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Around 70% of the lobbying is pays by corporations. Even with all the EU subsidies the poor will never be able to compete with multi billion dollars corporations. I think there should be more restrictions.

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Should be restricted because it would provide equal opportunities for the poor groups. Maybe they should allocate more money from the budget for EU lobbying and would reach equality between lobbyists and would not decrease the quality of information.

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Lobbying is a legal form of bribery, made legal simply due to political will. There is no reason for it to exist outside of designated commities that handle each individual issue. No talks or exchange of funds/promises should take place outside the committee system. 

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Expenditures on lobbying should be restricted to have a strong tie between those who attack the weak, by taking measures to restrict lobbying companies or by giving grants to small companies.

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Lobby could be defined as the process in which a person or a group of people try to influence the government or the public institutions in order to obtain a public policy implemented. It is probably one the oldest occupation in the world. Everywhere there is power, and people in power, there are lobbyists. It is at the same time a science, an art and a natural process. According to Lionel Zetter the types lobbying programme are: profile raising, contact programme, policy shaping, and legislation changing. Profile raising are designed to boost the reputation of an organization. It’s practically a political PR. The bigger their profile, the more likely politicians are to listen to them. Contact programmes are meant to build relationships. It is important to build and maintain relationships before needing them. One has to make some research and find out who can make decisions in the interested field or sympathize with the organization’s goal. Then, relationships have to be built and constantly maintained. However, the most powerful lobby is the one that manages to introduce, block or amend laws. It would be ideal if richer groups are restricted and poorer groups would have a greater influence than they presently have so some sort of equality is ensured and the lobby business would not be centred to high-profile players. But in practice is really hard, because there are many lobbyists in the European Union and it seems only natural that the one with the highest profiles are really taken into consideration. A big part of lobby means relationships, influence and economic power and smaller groups do not really have those traits. Perhaps some reform of the lobby business could increase the odds for smaller groups, but the difference made would not be significant considering that power and money are always a big part of the political game. Zetter L. (2008). Lobbying. The Art of Political Persuasion, Hampshire: Harriman House Ltd
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Problema transparentei decizionale a PE, a Consiliului, Comisiei, in ceea ce priveste relatia fiecareia cu lobbying-ul si grupurile de lobby/de interese efectuat la nivelul Uniunii, a fost pusa de J.C.Juncker, presedinte al Comisiei (2014). Inca de pe atunci este vazuta ca fiind necesara crearea unei mai bune realationari intre memmbrii grupurilor de interese de la nivelul institutiilor, planul lui Juncker fiind cel de a crea in 2015(prin Comisie) un acord inter-institutional cu PE si Consiliul in vederea crearii unui registru obilgatoriu pentru toti cei care desfasoara activitati de lobby, pe langa cele trei institutii competente decizional(Simina Tanasecu). Practic, ceea ce propune Juncker este un mod de a crea la nivel normativ, o forma prin care grupurile de lobby/de interese, incep sa dispuna de mai multa credibilitate si insemnatata in procesul decizional al Uniunii. Creditul de incredere dorit sa fie oferit de UE, grupurilor de interese, poate fi justificat si de necesitatea care se simte la nivelul Uniunii ca interesele culturale, politice, traditiile sa fie reprezentate. Dificultatea intradevar consta in faptul ca parte din grupurile de interese/lobby, au capacitate de a influenta mai mult decat altele, aceasta diferentiere conducand la inegalitate in ceea ce priveste reprezentarea intereselor in mod egal si influentarea politicilor publice. Chiar daca de Franta, Romania, Italia, lobby-ul nu este recunoscut ca practica, totusi ea este utilizata de lideri/oameni/grupuri de interes( spre exemplu in Italia, lobbying-ul a fost utilizat indirect de lideri, pe perioada presidentiei lui Berlusconi). Desigur sunt si state member europene care utilizeaza activitatea de lobby la nivelul decizional(Parlament)din care fac parte Polonia, Lituania, Ungaria. Ceea ce trebuie subliniat in aceste situatii, chiar daca indirect este practicat(exemplul Italie, Romaniei), necesitatea reprezentarii intereselor la nivel decizional, e necesara. Sa nu uitam sa amintim faptul ca lunga istoria a lobby-ul a inceput odata cu SUA(in ’53, cand Congresul a definit activitatile de lobby iar ’55 odata cu Lobbyind Disclosure Act lobby-ul a fost recunoscut ca practica constitutionala uzitata) care au recunoscut necesitatea institutionalizarii lobby-ului ca practica la nivel decizional, si nu o modalitate prohibita de actiune la nivel de luare a deciziilor, imaginea negative a lobby-ului fiind regasita mai cu seama in tari cu o lunga istorie a coruptiei(Franta, Italia, Bulgaria). Luand exemplul SUA, UE se face repsonsabila de gasirea unui cadru legislativ care sa includa calitatea lobbying-ului in Europa, si sa reglementeze pe cat posibil transparenta, influenta si importanta de care grupurile de lobby/de interese pot dispune, eliminand prin aceasta si imaginea negativa pe care lobbystii o au in unele tari europene.
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Lobbying at the moment, it became an integral part of policy of any democratic state. Therefore, in my opinion, the most effective would be to establish an organization that will carry out lobbying SMEs, because they, unlike large companies alone can not (at their own expense) to carry out this process.
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On my opinion, lobbying is an objective phenomenon of the political life. So, any bans, restrictions and etс. are ineffective in the cases when we could talk about billions profits. The process of the subsidy of the smallest groups are influenced by financial interests too. Therefore the transparency of the lobbying' funding is the best way to give information for the parliaments and the public for making decisions by them.
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Should be restricted because it would provide equal opportunities for the poor groups. Maybe they should allocate more money from the budget for EU lobbying and would reach equality between lobbyists and would not decrease the quality of information. Yes! Roxana Mancas
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From my perspective, lobbying should me made more transparent and open. EU should increase transparency and make this influencing activity accessible to smaller groups, because as seen, lobbying at the European Union level is increasingly a part of the political decision-making process and thus part of the legislative process. Thus, the laws should be made in the interest of all people. Another important aspect is to enforce the Transparency-register of both European Parliament and EU Commission. The objective of the joint transparency register is to increase transparency of the EU lobbying system by enabling public inspection of the lobbying process itself.
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