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EPACA has been a very strong supporter of efforts by the European Commission and the European Parliament to make sure that the functioning of those institutions and their interactions with all external stakeholders are transparent.
EPACA has been a very strong supporter of efforts by the European Commission and the European Parliament to make sure that the functioning of those institutions and their interactions with all external stakeholders are transparent.

Statements & position papers

  • EPACA comment on the adopted European Parliament own-initiative report

    Brussels, September 2017 - The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA) welcomes the adoption of the own-initiative report on transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions.

    Transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions

    EPACA comment on the adopted European Parliament own-initiative report

    The positive sprit of the report is encouraging and, in particular, underlines that dialogue between law-makers and those affected by the laws is essential for democracy.

    Karl Isaksson, Chair of EPACA stated: “EPACA welcomes the  strong position taken by the European Parliament in favour of transparency which aligns with many of the objectives that we have set out in view of the upcoming negotiations on the Interinstitutional Agreement on a Mandatory Transparency Register, presented by the Commission in September 2016.”

    EPACA fully supports the call that staff and members from all institutions only meet with registered lobbyists. We are equally in favour of more resources to the Transparency unit and the Joint Secretariat in order to properly monitor and enforce the register.

    It is for the Parliament to set its own internal rules but EPACA would welcome a mandatory legislative footprint as a step towards more transparency.

    EPACA urges the Council to join the Joint Register. However, if this for some reason does not happen, the Parliament and the Commission should not wait, and move ahead to implement the changes presented in the proposed IIA.

    EPACA also fully supports to simplify the reactivation process for lobby badges and the removal of the restriction of not allowing more than four pass holders from the same organisation in the Parliament at the same time.

    It has been a year since the Commission presented its proposal for a mandatory register and, worryingly, the negotiations have yet to begin. Hence, we hope that the clear mandate given in this report will increase the speed of the process.

    EPACA looks forward to continued discussions on how to increase transparency and improve the regulatory environment within which we all operate.

    About EPACA

    EPACA – The European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association – is the representative trade body for public affairs consultancies working with EU institutions. It was launched in January 2005, following a process of consultation among all signatories of a professional Code of Conduct. The Code has been maintained and continuously updated since then by our members, and is the basis for all such codes in the EU affairs marketplace. For more information, please visit www.epaca.org

    19 Sep 2017 | Download
  • EPACA Position Paper on the Interinstitutional Agreement on a Mandatory Transparency Register

    Brussels, March 2017
    Ensuring a robust mandatory register that fosters a true level-playing field for EU interest representation.

    Position Paper on the Interinstitutional Agreement on a Mandatory Transparency Register
    The European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA) has supported a mandatory register for many years. Transparency has always been our fundamental guiding principle and the industry we represent has clearly benefitted from clearer rules surrounding our activities.

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    10 Mar 2017 | Download
  • Joint letter from ECPA, EPACA and SEAP distributed to all 751 incoming MEPs

    Brussels 7 July, 2014
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    Read the letter to MEPs

    11 Jul 2014
  • SEAP EPACA position regarding access to the European Parliament
    15 May 2011 | Download
  • Statement on EP actions on lobbying
    07 Apr 2011 | Download
  • Statement regarding the Sunday Times Enquiry
    21 Mar 2011 | Download
  • Statement on the Commission's response to EPACA's complaint about CEO's untransparent lobbying
    31 Mar 2011 | Download
  • Statement on EPACA complaint against CEO
    26 Mar 2010 | Download
  • EPACA comments on the review of the ETI
    12 Jun 2009 | Download
  • Press release: EPACA welcomes the European Parliament vote of 8 May on the Stubb Report relating to interest representatives (lobbyists)
    08 May 2008 | Download
  • EPACA Response to the Draft European Commission Code of Conduct for Interest Representatives
    15 Feb 2008 | Download
  • EPACA Chairman’s speech – Workshop organised by the EP Committee on Constitutional Affairs
    08 Oct 2007 | Download
  • EPACA’s position on the European Transparency Initiative: make lobbying a regulated profession (updated version)
    28 Jun 2007 | Download
  • Press release: Public Affairs Consultancies express concern over European Commission proposals
    21 Mar 2007 | Download
  • EPACA Response to the European Commission’s European Transparency Initiative (ETI) Green Paper and Consultation
    14 Jul 2006 | Download
  • Press release: Public Affairs Consultancies strengthen commitment to transparency
    31 May 2006 | Download
  • Press release: Public Affairs Consultancies welcome ETI Green Paper
    03 May 2006 | Download
  • Press release: Consultancies Make New Proposals to Commissioner Kallas
    26 Jan 2006 | Download