Inter-institutional negotiations on the Transparency Register

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Inter-institutional negotiations on the Transparency Register

Welcome to the European Parliament website launched in the framework of the interinstitutional negotiations on the Transparency Register. These negotiations, which were put on hold during the EP elections and Commission handover, have started up again and you can follow their evolution on this website.

As lead negotiators for the European Parliament, we want to push for increased transparency of the Union institutions. After all, it is the decisions made here, by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, which affect the daily lives of all citizens of the EU, who need to be able to trust the European institutions. Therefore, we believe that transparency of the decision-making process is absolutely crucial, especially when we talk about how each institution deals with lobbying. Transparency is enshrined in our Treaties, whereby the European Institutions are held to "conduct their work as openly as possible" (Article 15 TFEU) and shall "give citizens and representative associations the opportunity to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action" (Article 11 TEU).

As one of the tools to translate these principles into practice, the Transparency Register has been set up to answer core questions such as which interests are being pursued, by whom, and with which human and financial resources. Since 2011, the European Parliament and the Commission have jointly operated this scheme. We hope to strengthen this useful tool and make it even more effective in the service of the European citizens, building on a stronger and more effective interinstitutional agreement, including all three institutions most involved in Union law-making.

For this very reason, we want to showcase Parliament's work on this file and are continuing with this dedicated website. On 2 April 2020, the Conference of Presidents appointed us as Parliament's lead negotiators with the other institutions. Our primary task is to represent Parliament at the negotiations, with a view to reaching a new agreement as possible. The Parliament's negotiating mandate is a set of ambitious goals, which were prepared with the help of Members representing each of the political groups in a Contact Group, set up by the Conference of Presidents, which we will co-chair. Once the negotiations among the three institutions are completed, Parliament's Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) will prepare a decision on the interinstitutional agreement before a vote by the plenary.

We are proud to represent the European Parliament in the negotiations with the Council and the Commission to build a new and improved version of the EU's Transparency Register. The stakes have never been higher, and we are committed to making the negotiating process as open as possible. We need a transparency tool that is worthy of the trust of our citizens to strengthen the very foundations of our Union's institutions. We do hope that this website will enable you to follow the negotiation process and allow us to share with you as much as possible of the ongoing discussions. We welcome your input and ideas!


Katarina Barley, MEP                                                                      Danuta Maria Hübner, MEP
Vice President of the European Parliament                      

Timeline

Milestones in the preparations for the negotiations:

12 May 2020: 1st meeting with Contact Group

2 April 2020: Appointment of EP negotiators by Conference of Presidents and confirmation of mandate

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13 February 2019 -Strasbourg: 3rd interinstitutional negotiation meeting on the Transparency Register

5 February 2019 -Brussels: 12th meeting with Contact Group - state of play

10 October 2018 -Brussels: 11th meeting with Contact Group - state of play

27 September 2018 - Brussels: Discussion with Conference of Presidents - state of play

27 June 2018 -Brussels: Endorsement of EP package of measures by Conference of Presidents

26 June 2018-Brussels: 10th meeting with Contact Group - debrief of political meeting

12 June 2018 -Strasbourg: 2nd interinstitutional negotiation meeting on the Transparency Register

17 May 2018 -Brussels: discussion with ITCO Intergroup

16 May 2018 -Brussels: 9th meeting with Contact Group - debrief of political meeting

16 April 2018 -Strasbourg - 1st interinstitutional negotiation meeting on the Transparency Register

24 January 2018 - Brussels: 8th meeting with Contact Group - debrief of political meeting

12 December 2017 - Strasbourg: 2nd political meeting (EP, Council & EC) to prepare negotiations

6 December 2017 - Brussels: Adoption of Council mandate by Coreper

12 October 2017 - Brussels: 7th meeting with Contact Group - debrief of political meeting

6 September 2017 - Brussels: 1st political meeting (EP, Council & EC) to prepare negotiations

15 June 2017 - Brussels: Adoption of EP mandate by Conference of Presidents

7 June 2017 - Brussels: 6th meeting with Contact Group - exchange of views

10 May 2017 - Brussels: EP Event- EU Transparency Register - Lobbying, Parliament & Public Trust

11 April 2017 - Brussels: 5th meeting with Contact Group - endorsement of draft mandate 

11 April 2017 - Brussels: Meeting with NGOs working on transparency

21 March 2017 - Brussels: 4th meeting with Contact Group -presentation of draft mandate 

02 March 2017 - Brussels: 3rd meeting with Contact Group - exchange of views

01 February 2017 - Brussels: 2nd meeting with Contact Group - exchange of views

13 January 2017 - Strasbourg: Info-session on TR and EC proposal to EP staff/APAs  

13 December 2016 - Brussels: 1st meeting with Contact Group

27 October 2016 - Brussels: Appointment of the EP negotiators by the EP Conference of Presidents

28 September 2016 - EC proposal on a new IIA on a mandatory Transparency Register (TR)

EU pushes for a mandatory EU Transparency Register

For the first time, the Parliament, Commission and Council are negotiating the creation of a mandatory EU Transparency Register. If the three institutions agree on the reforms, the registry will become compulsory and will include the Council.

EP Press Releases

Video on the European Transparency Register

A video to explain the Transparency Register, where lobbyists declare their identity, aims and expenses, in under 3 minutes.

Contact

TRANSPARENCY UNIT

European Parliament

Directorate-General for the Presidency

Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative Coordination

You can send us your input and position papers (in all EU languages) via the email below, which will published on this website.

USEFUL LINKS

European Parliament Intergroup Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime