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ENAT Signs Up to the EU Register of Lobbyists - Promoting Transparency and Visibility

08/07/2008 | 1 comments

ENAT is among the first 20 Non-Governmental Organisations in Europe to register with the newly opened "EU Register of Interest Representatives", or Lobbyists' Register. The register was launched on 25 June by the European Commission to bring greater transparency to the EU lobbying arena.

It is estimated that there are about 15,000 full-time lobbyists based in Brussels. They represent companies, trade associations, trades unions, NGOs, political bodies and other interest groups. Until now there has been no register of who they are, what they do, or how much money they spend in their efforts to influence the decisions which shape EU policies and practices.

Being listed in the Register, which is voluntary, has the benefit of making ENAT more visible to the EU institutions, and it automatically ensures that ENAT will be invited to take part in consultations that are carried out by the Directorates General the European Commission.

Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT comments: "ENAT is never going to match the huge level of funding which some companies expend on lobbying. But we must use every opportunity to be seen and heard by European lawmakers and bureaucrats, as tourism businesses and customers are directly and indirectly affected by their decisions. We need to be in the Lobbyists' Register to make our organisation better known and make our voice heard where it counts". 

Read the ENAT profile in the Register of Interest Representatives at the link shown below:
ENAT's lobbyist profile

Read more about the Register of Interest Representatives at the following link:
EU Register of Interest Representatives

1 comment(s) posted

Posted by Voulgaropoulos Nikos on 2008/07/08 - 11:20:39

It's a good thing that EU sees to the visibility of groups of interest. Let's hope that the register will actually offer something to our networking and lobbying purposes concerning the promotion of accessible tourism.

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