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National lobbying rules too lax, finds NGO

The activities of lobby groups are poorly regulated across most European countries, a report by a pro-transparency organisation has found.

The report, released on 15 April by the German NGO Transparency International, analyses the regulatory framework of lobby groups in 19 member states and across three EU institutions—the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Only seven countries—Austria, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and the United Kingdom—have rules in place to regulate the activities of lobby groups, the report found. Austria was praised by the report as the only member state with a mandatory code of conduct for lobbyists.

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