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Lobbying in Europe: Door opened to corruption

Apr 23, 2015 | News

(23 April 2015) – In a report published last week, Transparency International said today that Europe urgently needs lobbying reform.

A new report from the anti-corruption group found that of 19 European countries assessed, only 7 have some form of dedicated lobbying law or regulation, allowing for nearly unfettered influence of business interests on the daily lives of Europeans.

The 19 countries together score just 31 per cent (out of 100 per cent) when measured against international lobbying standards and best practice in the report “Lobbying in Europe: Hidden Influence, Privileged Access”.

The new report, the first ever comprehensive assessment on lobbying in Europe, studies how well political decision-making is protected from undue influence.

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