EPACA's official view, and my personal one, is that a major weakness is that it is not mandatory.
EPACA updated its own code of conduct earlier this year.
The PRCAI has already started work with the EPACA and the first set of base guidelines are already in place.
Speaking on this occasion, Jose Lalloum, Chairman, EPACA, said, "We are delighted that our self-disciplinary system is valued by our Indian counterparts.
Jose Lalloum, EPACA
's chairman and managing partner of Logos Public Affairs, feels that the relationship between lobbyists and the Parliament is basically sound.
(1) European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA
), with 38 member companies; International Public Relations Association (IPRA), with 1,000 professionals from over 100 countries; Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP), with personal membership of EU public affairs professionals operating in trade associations, corporations, NGOs, consultancies, law firms and other bodies.
Vice-President Siim Kallas meets with EPACA
(European Public Affairs Consultancies Association) to discuss the European Transparency Initiative
The two associations of lobbyists, the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) and the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association (EPACA
) are likely, on the contrary, to welcome the non-binding nature of registration.
Quoted by the Financial Times on January 28-29, EPACA
's Chairman, John Houston, even claimed to be "open" to revealing their fees.
Mr Piebalgs to receive the Hungarian Minister for Economy and Transport, Mr Janos Koka; Mr Spidla to receive the Minister-president of the German land of Baden-Wurttemberg, Gunther Oettinger; Mr Michel to receive Pekka Haavisto, the EU's special representative in Sudan; Speech by Mr Kallas to the EPACA
(European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association) General Assembly; Attendance and speech by Mrs Ferrero-Waldner and Mr Spidla at a conference on 'Joint Action of Member States against Harmful Traditional Practices' (Charlemagne); 8pm: Presentation by Mr Michel of the film "Congo River", directed by Thierry Michel, at the Kinepolis (Brussels)
Commenting on the transparency initiative unveiled by the Commission on November 9 which mentions setting up a register of all lobbying groups, a member of the management board of the European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA) said that whatever information consultancies were required to provide should be demanded of all campaigning organisations and other interest groups.
Commenting on the Commission's call for lobbying organisations to draw up a voluntary code of conduct, Mr Patten pointed out that members of EPACA had had their own code for eleven years and it had been adopted word for word by the European Parliament.