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Transparency Register växer med 10 % med fler kvalitetskontroller än någonsin tidigare, visar årsrapporten

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artikel-3963-img2The latest annual report on the European Parliament and European Commission’s Joint Transparency Register shows that more interest representatives have registered than ever before. Almost 6,000 organisations have now signed up – an increase of 10% on last year’s report. A recent academic study referenced in the report suggests it now covers 60-75% of all Brussels-based actors. At the same time, well over 1,000 quality checks have been made, taking advantage of shorter procedures and new IT tools introduced this year to increase efficiency. Of these, 783 were followed-up to improve the quality of information in the register.

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “With the Transparency Register, the EU institutions involved have joined a very small vanguard of countries who are at the leading edge of efforts to regulate interest representation. Among these countries, our Register applies to the widest playing field. I am immensely proud of our achievement so far, and I am determined that we build on this success by continuing with the sorts of improvements outlined in this annual report.”

European Parliament Vice-President Rainer Wieland said: “I very much appreciate the progress which has been made during the last year. The Joint Transparency Register is unique with a wide coverage of relevant interest group representatives, and providing a level playing field for all types of actors. I particularly welcome the on-going dialogue with all relevant stakeholders and involvement of the general public, which gives us valuable support in our efforts to further enhance the register’s coverage and functioning in the future.”

As well as presenting statistics, the annual report also describes the activities of the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat (JTRS) over the past year. These include producing a third edition of guidelines for users, handling complaints & alerts, inviting non-registered entities to register, external information and communication efforts, providing workshops for MEPs’ assistants and Commission staff, engaging the Council at observer level to discuss its possible participation in the scheme, contact with researchers, academics and experts, as well as national officials in charge of similar systems, for comparative and best practice analysis.

The report also touches on the review of the Register, which is ongoing. The main issues being examined include the quality of the content, enforcing stricter compliance of the rules, continued expansion of the number of registrations through further external information and communication efforts, further clarifications and guidelines, introducing additional benefits and incentives for registrants, the ‘voluntary’ versus ‘mandatory’ nature of registration and the possibility to envisage an ad-hoc, derogative and exceptional formula for law and consultancy firms claiming a need for client confidentiality.

Om vi ​​ser framåt, med den fortsatta ökningen av antalet registranter, uppmanar rapporten till insatser för att fokusera på att förbättra kvaliteten på datainnehållet och öka medvetenheten om verktyget. Med det kommande valet till Europaparlamentet kommer det också att bli nödvändigt att ge information om systemet till ny personal och ledamöter i Europaparlamentet. Ansträngningarna bör också fortsätta att uppmuntra andra EU-organ, kontor och byråer att använda systemet.

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As of 31/10/13, there were 5,952 registrants in the Transparency Register. Half (49.93%) have registered as Category II (In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations) and about 26% in Category III (NGOs). At a conservative estimate, an average of five people are represented by each registrant, meaning around 30,000 interest representatives have committed to the register’s strict Code of Conduct.

tidslinje

  • 23 juni 2011: Det interinstitutionella avtalet (IIA) mellan Europaparlamentet och kommissionen om ett gemensamt öppenhetsregister undertecknades i plenum av parlamentets ordförande Jerzy Buzek och kommissionens vice ordförande Maroš Šefčovič. Detta lanserade Transparensregistret.
  • 1 July 2011: The JTRS started its work – a new and innovative work format within the EU’s institutions, consisting of staff from two separate institutions.
  • Mars 2012: Ett nytt elektroniskt system för att begära ackreditering gjordes tillgängligt genom registret. Detta ersatte det tidigare pappersbaserade ackrediteringsförfarandet och säkerställer att endast de registrerade kan begära tillträdesrätt till parlamentets byggnader.
  • 7 June 2012: An observer from the General Secretariat of the Council started participating in the JTRS’s weekly meetings.
  • 8 juni–31 augusti 2012: Ett offentligt samråd om registrets verksamhet hölls för registranter och icke-registranter. Sammanlagt deltog 253 personer och organisationer.
  • 23 juni 2012: Kommissionens tidigare register för intresserepresentanter (inrättat 2008) stängdes efter en ettårig övergångsperiod. Transparensregistret firade sin 1-årsdag med 5,150 XNUMX registrerade.
  • November 2012: 1:a årsredovisningen om insynsregistret.
  • Juli 2013: En översyn av TR lanseras, som förutses i IIA, efter möten med intressentgrupper i hela Europa och benchmarking med andra offentliga tillsynsmyndigheter vid ett OECD-forum.

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