Have you ever heard about lobbyists and lobbying in the EU? Did you know that not all lobbying activities have to be perceived negatively? Do you know that the process of policy formulation can be shaped by NGOs, think tanks and commercial associations? Are you interested in finding how you may have a voice in public consultations organized by the European Commission or the European parliament?
If so, this course may help you demystify and understand lobbying in the EU!
Firstly, the course explains what lobbying is and what it is not. It shows that lobbying is a legal part of the policy process open for everyone, and not only big companies.
Secondly, the course helps you navigate through lobbying instruments. It presents the legal framework enabling civil society representatives to access the policy formulation process. It shows how draft legislation turns into green and white books, to become a fully-fledged legislative act.
Then the course examines the transparency register: what interests are being pursued, by whom, with what budgets. This part is illustrated by a number of examples of records from the transparency register. It also entails a practical guide on the access to EU legislation and policy documents.
In the end, the course explains the lobbying in the context of European Neighbourhood Policy and key intersections between EU policy framework and ENP reviews.
By following this course, you will make a first step to become a good lobbyist. You will be able to distinguish between permitted practices and those that are not permissible. You will also learn how to navigate between institutions and to follow procedures bringing benefits to your organization or your business.
Lesson 1: Introduction of general concepts of lobbying and its role in the decision making process in the EU
- Effective lobbying in the EU
- Treaty rules imposing obligation of consultation and dialogue with the EU citizens
- Secondary legislation pertaining to conduct of lobbying in the EU
Lesson 4: Access to documents
Lesson 5: Lobbying and the ENP context
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