Values and Ethics with Respect to Lobbying
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In Brussels, particularly since the Lisbon Treaty (2009), the way European institutions are functioning provide many possibilities for interest groups to proceed by lobbying. EU consultations and legislative procedures have increased, allowing inputs from member states, regional authorities, EU agencies, professional bodies, trade unions, citizen-driven organizations, etc. In such context, while there are probably as many definitions of lobbying as there are lobbyists, all definitions should nevertheless refer to the process of influencing decision making. Even though the content and boundaries of the concept remain unclear (Coen 2008), lobbying is a political process which aims to influence public policy and resource-allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Lobbying is a paid activity with the purpose of influencing decision makers toward a desired action...
KeywordsMembers Of The European Parliament (MEP) Corporate Europe Observatory Lobbying Activities Congress Members Honest Leadership
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