Contacts with lobbysts

The CPC is within the Transparency Project, publishing weekly updated lists of reported lobbying contacts. The adoption of Integrity and Prevention of Corruption Act in 2010 contains also the provisions on the monitoring of lobbying which after twenty years of independent state also became the subject of regulation. The legislation requires that all functionaries, high officials and civil servants must report about EACH LOBBING CONTACT with lobbyist as well as EACH ATTEMPT OF ILLEGAL LOBBYING.

At the CPCP we have been noticing that after almost one year since the enforcement of provisions on lobbying, they are slowly being carried into effect and practiced. Also, the CPC only has limited realistic control over lobbying area as well as that larger estimated ‘grey’ area of uncontrolled not public influence still remains remarkably great. Lobbied persons only rarely report on lobbying contacts, and there are almost no reports from some important state bodies, mostly from local communities. If we take a look at the data below, we can see that there is a lack of reporting to the CPC. Many ministers, state secretaries, directors of directorates, heads of important state institutions, members of the Parliament, mayors or town councillors have only seldom reported the lobbying contacts or the attempts to lobby since December 2010. Therefore we can conclude that lobbying (as completely lawful and legitimate activity) is either almost non-present among those organs or lobbied persons are not reporting the lobbying contacts and are consequently in violation of the ZIntPK.

Therefore, the CPC has within the Transparency Project, as an additional element of public control over compliance with legislation, decided to allow public to access to regularly updated data on lobbying contacts or surprisingly the lack thereof. Through public access the CPC is aiming to increase higher awareness on lobbying regulations and prevent provisions from becoming or staying bare letters on paper as well as, despite relatively modern regulation, the ‘stable’ practice continues. Fundamental contribution to the monitoring of implementation of lobbying is also public sphere.

You can read more about the legal regulation of lobbying here.