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Event - "Is Brussels the new Washington, D.C.?" Lobbying transparency in the EU

10:00 - 12:00

Host: European Ombudsman

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Event organised by the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly

11 May 2015, 10.00 – 12.00

Résidence Palace, 155, rue de la Loi C, 1040 Brussels, room Polak

Brussels is fast becoming the second most important lobbying hub in the world, after Washington, D.C.. Lobbying obviously plays an important role in functioning democracies. High ethical standards and pro-active transparency about lobbying are, however, key for citizens’ trust in EU decision-making.

The Ombudsman dedicates a big part of her strategic work to ethical issues and transparency in lobbying activities between the various interest representatives and the EU institutions. Her investigations in this area concern, for example, "revolving doors" cases and the composition of expert groups in the Commission as well as more lobbying transparency in the TTIP negotiations.

The new Commission took important measures to increase lobbying transparency, by working towards a mandatory Transparency Register and by obliging all Members of the Commission and senior staff to publish contacts and meetings with stakeholders and lobbyists.

There is still room for improvement, though, not only in the Commission but also in other EU institutions. The Ombudsman would like to facilitate a debate about what has been achieved and what further measures could be taken to improve lobbying transparency in Brussels.


Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman

Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission

Carl Dolan, Director Transparency International, EU Office

Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris, Global Clinical Professor, NYU School of Law

Karl Isaksson, Chairman of the European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association


Florian Eder, managing editor at Politico Europe

Want to be part of it? Please register by 29 April 2015 at:

The registration is closed and the event is fully booked.

Join the twitter debate at #EUlobbying


For more information

Gundi Gadesmann
Head of Communication
Contact: Gundi Gadesmann
Tel.: +32 2 28 42609
Twitter: @EUombudsman