EPACA was invited to share its expertise and experience on lobbying transparency at the Annual Meeting of the Public Affairs Community of Europe, which took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on the 1st of June.
While the EU Transparency Register has been around for almost a decade, member states are increasingly opening up to the idea of making national decision-making processes more transparent. Varying versions of lobby registers and codes of conduct already exist in sixteen countries and political discussions are currently ongoing in Belgium, Spain and the Czech Republic.
Therefore, the Public Affairs Community of Europe (PACE), which unites all national organizations of European public affairs professionals and lobbyists, organized a panel discussion with EPACA to share views and experiences on how to enhance public affairs and promote transparency in the whole of Europe. After all, more transparent member states will automatically lead to a more transparent EU.