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Towards a transparency register within the Parliamentary Assembly

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 15330 | 24 June 2021

Mr Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Ms Nigar ARPADARAI, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Mr Stephen Nikola BARTULICA, Croatia, EC/DA ; Lady Diana ECCLES, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Erkin GADIRLI, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Ms Anamaria GAVRILĂ, Romania, EC/DA ; Mr Oleksii GONCHARENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Martin GRAF, Austria, EC/DA ; Mr John HOWELL, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Serhii KALCHENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Axel KASSEGGER, Austria, EC/DA ; Ms Olena KHOMENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Tomasz LATOS, Poland, EC/DA ; Mr Asim MOLLAZADA, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Mr Arkadiusz MULARCZYK, Poland, EC/DA ; Mr Dmytro NATALUKHA, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Ulrich OEHME, Germany, EC/DA ; Mr Alberto RIBOLLA, Italy, EC/DA ; Mr Samad SEYIDOV, Azerbaijan, EC/DA ; Mr Barna Pál ZSIGMOND, Hungary, EC/DA

Widespread lobbying and influence by NGOs in the Parliamentary Assembly has led to criticism regarding the transparency and accountability of the decision-making process. In response to these concerns, the Assembly should set up its own transparency register as soon as possible.

A transparency register or “lobby register” already exists in the following member States: the United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Ireland, North Macedonia, Slovenia and the European Parliament.

The Assembly should set up:

  • a mandatory register for members to disclose with which NGOs and lobby groups they interact in the framework of their activities and/or functions within the Assembly;
  • a mandatory register for lobbyists and NGOs active within the Assembly, where they describe their mission statement, by whom they are financed and with which Assembly members they meet;
  • a separate Code of Conduct for lobbyists and NGOs.