Politicians will have to wait two years to be ‘lobbyists’ in their sector
The Council of Ministers gave the green light this Tuesday to the preliminary draft of the Law on Transparency and Integrity in the Activities of the Interest Groups. With this law it intends to “combat” the revolving doors and regulate the well-known ‘lobbies’. The Minister of Finance and Public Administration, María Jesús Montero, has broken down in the press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers this new draft, with which a senior official will be prevented from carrying out activities in ‘lobbies’ related to his powers up to two years after leaving the post.
“With this new regulation Spain It covers a lack that our legal system had when it came to making transparent the legitimate activities of these interest groups”, has defended the head of the Treasury. As detailed by Montero, those known as ‘lobbies’ will be required to form part of an official registry, which will be available on the Transparency Portal and on the website of the Office of Conflict of Interest.
In said register, relevant data on the groups must be included, such as the fiscal domicile, the headquarters or their areas of interest, and the meetings held with the public personnel of the General State Administration must be collected. “We are talking about senior officials or officials who participate in the process of developing a standard“, the minister clarified.
There will be penalties for non-compliance.
The “strict” norm, as defined by Montero, establishes that groups that are not registered in the Registry will not be able to contact with public personnel to exercise these influence activities, while those that do appear on that list must comply with a code of conduct in which, for example, it is prohibited to offer gifts or favors to public officials.
Thus, a sanctioning regime is incorporated for the ‘lobbies’ in case of infractions that may lead to the expulsion of interest groups from the registry for a period of up to three years and, therefore, the possibility of their concurring in the preparation of of norms or to be able to influence their development.
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