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new year, new consultation in the eu January 4, 2012

Posted by Bradley in : consultation , trackback

The Commission announced yesterday that it is lengthening the consultation procedure from 8 to 12 weeks. And, probably to encourage registration: lobbyists who are registered on the transparency register will get early alerts about proposed initiatives:

The Commission has also introduced an alert service for upcoming initiatives: Organisations that sign up for the Transparency Register, can subscribe to this alert service to get early information on the roadmaps for new initiatives in their fields of interest about one year before there (sic) adoption.

Of course those who aren’t lobbyists aren’t supposed to be on the Transparency Register, and they don’t get the early heads up either. So it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Let’s make life easier for lobbyists if they agree to let us watch them. But it doesn’t seem to do much to encourage more general citizen participation in consultations (which seems to be what the public statements suggest will happen):

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, said: “A key part of getting our policies right is listening to the people who will be affected by them. By keeping our consultations open longer we will strengthen the voice of the citizens, businesses and organisations that help us shape our policies for the benefit of all.”


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