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The European Commission proposed a 'European Transparency Initiative', with a view to making the activities of lobbyists to the EU institutions more transparent. A key part of the initiative was the setting up of a register for lobbyists and an accompanying 'code of conduct'. Unfortunately, this register is voluntary, so lobbyists are not obliged to register. The European Parliament adopted its report on the initiative in May 2008. While the report supported the idea of a mandatory register for lobbyists in principle, the Greens/EFA group wanted to ensure this change is made without delay. To this end, the group tabled an amendment to ensure a clear timeframe so that the register and code of conduct could enter into force before the elections. Regrettably, this amendment was defeated by a majority of MEPs.
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