Op-Ed: “New Year, New Transparency Register?” by Emilia Korkea-aho
Amidst the coronavirus chaos, the US presidential transition, concerns over Brexit and the rule of law conditionality mechanism tied to EU COVID-19 recovery funds, only the most devoted EU law and policy followers realised what the EU institutions achieved in mid-December 2020. After almost four years of on-off negotiations, agreement on a joint transparency register, also colloquially known as a lobbying register, was announced. The three institutions’ negotiators reached the goal (although the provisional agreement is still pending the approval of the institutions) in a process that began in September 2016 with the publication of the Commission’s proposal.
This agreement, the timing of which may suggest comparisons to wishful Ne