PACE advocates a European code of conduct for lobbyists

At the end of its parliamentary debate on lobbying, PACE recommended that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe draw up a European code of conduct on lobbying, based in particular on a very clear definition of lobbying activities, a strengthening of transparency and the laying down of rules applicable to politicians, civil servants, members of pressure groups and business enterprises.

Parliamentarians take the view that unregulated and secret lobbying may undermine democratic principles and good governance. Following the propositions of José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), rapporteur of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, the Assembly considers that a European code of conduct for lobbyists would be likely to enhance transparency, make political and economic players more accountable and restore public confidence in government authorities’ democratic functioning.