Tuesday 3 February 2009

GPlus back on track: A small but valuable step towards transparency?

Sorry, I don't have much time to blog these days, but it's still worth mentioning that GPlus is back to the lobby register.

I have, following Brusselssunshine, recently covered that EU lobbyist GPlus was suspended from the European Commission lobby register after refusing to disclose four of its clients.

Brusselssunshine has now followed up on that matter, telling that GPlus is back on the register after publishing that the clients previously hidden are:
  • Europcar International
  • European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
  • Lanxess
  • Toyota
I agree with Brusselssunshine that this is an amazing precedent for the future of more transparency in EU lobbying. It is also another sign that blogosphere attention can be reproduced in classical media (i.e. the Financial Times) and forces public (and not-so-public) players to react.

One could say that through Brusselssunshine (and those following) a valuable precedent in non-coercive EU governance has been sped up, which is not much but still enough to see that EU blogging is not totally in vain.

(via Kosmopolit on Twitter)


Ralf Grahn said...

According to England Expects media attention has brought down the membership of elected representatives of Libertas to less than seven member states (which is the quarter needed for funding), right after the European Parliament decided to approve Libertas' status as a political party at European level.

The quickest transition in EU history?