‘Meeting your MEP is an integral part of democracy, and it’s an important component of the MEPs work. Individuals can, and indeed should expect the Irish and EU decision-making process to be as transparent and open as possible. So make sure your organisation is registered and become part of an open and transparent lobbying system.’
But many Irish NGOs and interest groups are unaware that they are required to register on the Government’s Register of Lobbyists. I am releasing this timely reminder to encourage participation.’ Dublin Independent MEP, Nessa Childers.
Transparency and Regulation of Lobbyists
Nessa Childers is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act (Ireland), and reminds PR professionals, advocacy and lobby groups that from 1st September 2015 they are required to sign the Irish register.
In the interests of transparency and accountability Ms Childers also requires that those who are involved in lobbying, interest representation and advocacy in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg are registered on the EU Transparency Register.
To find out if you or your organisation should be registered as a lobbyist take the three step test here
When you contact Nessa’s office you may be asked if you have registered before a meeting can be arranged.
Please email or call the office if you need help or clarification about the registration process.
How do I register?
For Irish NGOs and professionals see www.lobbying.ie
For Irish and EU NGOs and professionals wishing to meeting MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg please see http://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/homePage.do