Director, Directorate D Markets and Cases III: Financial Services, Directorate-General Competition, European Commission, Brussels
|A big part of all rules and regulations in Europe originate from decisions made at European level. Thus, participating, networking, lobbying at European level is important. |
The Commission has always been open to input from all stakeholders and the general public. This process of open and transparent policymaking is regarded as a fundamental element in the development of sound and workable policies.
Why do we network and welcome input from all stakeholders?
The continuous dialogue has proven valuable to both the Commission and to the interested outside parties, because in the end, it helps in building up at an early stage - mutual understanding of the issues at stake for all parties involved. In making we get all relevant information, it helps the Commission to get the policy choices right. Likewise, it helps the different stakeholders to better understand the European dimension of some issues whilst at the same time giving them every opportunity to feed their legitimate interests into the policymaking process.
How do we network / how are we lobbied?
" We actively pursue networking contacts with the other institutions, i.e. contacts with
o key Members and staff of the European Parliament
o Member States representatives, both in Brussels but also back home
o Colleagues in the European Central Bank, European Investment Bank, IMF, etc.
" In DG Internal Market and Services, we have established a very constructive dialogue: we talk and listen to those who are/will be affected by our action:
o Institutions, companies, service providers
o European and national federations and associations
o Interest groups, consumers, users, investors, workers
" We engage in open and transparent policy development, by ensuring stakeholders input into our work:
o Participation of government and market representatives in COM expert groups
o Consultation-consultation-consultation on-line consultations, consultative Commission papers (e.g. Green Papers, etc.)
o Organisation of conferences, hearings, etc.
When is lobbying most effective?
" When it is based on reasonable arguments and not just defending entrenched positions
" When the ones the lobbyist is representing talk with one voice
" When it is short, concise, to the point remember: we have to read all that!
" When it comes on time : act before the main principles have been decided upon
" When it is done at all levels simultaneously : desk officers, Heads of Units, Directors, Director General, and Commissioner. Remember: desk officers hold the pen!
" When it comes in a language which does not need translation, which in Financial Services is preferably& .