Guidelines contain non-compelling language and continue to suggest that the Presidency is not part of the Council.
Publication concludes a negotiating process that lasted more than four years. Critics still see many obstacles to the proper public scrutiny of lobbyists’ influence on EU decision making.
Much-maligned interinstitutional agreement on a mandatory transparency register soon to be published in the Official Journal.
The decision to continue to allow MEPs to interact under the radar with unregistered lobbyists fits into a longstanding pattern of pushback against transparency advances from the parliament’s centrist parties.