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Irish transparency register to impact lobbyists in Brussels- Lynn Boylan MEP

15 June, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin, has welcomed new Irish lobbying regulations which will ensure that public servants and politicians, including MEPs cannot be lobbied by individuals or organisations who are not on the Irish Transparency register.

This applies even when they are outside Ireland.

Speaking today Ms. Boylan said:

“The Irish Transparency Register takes more of a 'full coverage' approach to transparency in contrast with the Commission register which, just makes disclosure mandatory for a few select officials (commissioners, their cabinets and director-generals).

“I put a question to the Commission a couple of weeks ago asking it to address the shortcomings of the EU transparency register. Primarily, I asked the Commission if it was inclined to expand the new rules for transparency to all Commission officials, and if not, then why not?

“Under current EU transparency regulations, diplomats at the permanent representation can be lobbied without disclosure, under the terms of the Irish Transparency Register select members of Ireland's permanent representation cannot be lobbied by those who are not on the Irish register.

“The Irish Transparency Register is due to be up and running in autumn this year and it will be interesting to see how it will fare in an EU context.

“Will the EU Commission be forced to expand its own transparency laws or will the Irish government find some way to capitulate on this matter?”

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