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Foreign Investors Council
47, Gospodar Jevremova Street, IV Floor, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Phone: +381 11 3281 958, 3281 965
e-mail: office@fic.org.rs

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16. July 2018.

Lobbying Law is not EU member states’ practice

On July 16, daily Vecernje novosti published the interview with FIC Board Member Goran Pekez dedicated to introduction of Law on Lobbying.

The FIC was active in the recent public discussion around Draft Law on Lobbying, prepared by the Ministry of Justice.

Mr. Pekez shared FIC suggested that the Government refrains from adopting the law, as comparative analysis shows that the most of EU member states do not have law on lobbying. Almost all countries regulate anti-corruption through criminal regulations, while only 10% of countries have “soft regulation”, meaning self-regulation by professional associations.

In order to be constructive, the FIC also gave proposals for improvement of the Draft Law, all aimed at making sure that the law did not hamper transparent public-private dialogue. One of the key FIC proposals was adopted within public discussion – representatives of companies and other entities that represent themselves (i.e. business associations) will be categorized as unregistered lobbyists and will not have responsibilities under this Draft Law.

Mr. Pekez underlined that the FIC appreciates the responsiveness of the Ministry of Justice in amending the Draft Law, but also pointed out that the Draft Law still prescribes the obligation of the civil servants to report on every individual formal contact with either registered or unregistered lobbyists. That could, subsequently, hinder or limit quality of the public-private dialogue, as there are numerous interactions between public and private entities, especially in case of the institutions which have wide competencies (such as taxes, trade, consumers, etc). To that end, the FIC recommends introduction of periodical reporting (i.e. quarterly) instead of immediate individual reporting, as a way of ensuring fully transparent consultations.

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