Europe’s citizens should expect the EU decision-making process to be as transparent and open as possible, with access to legislators such as MEPs and European Commissioners a fundamental part of the democratic process.

These were two of the key messages to emerge from a recent high-level policy event on lobbying.

The meeting, in the European Parliament on 6 December, was hosted by UK Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim, organised by The Parliament Magazine and the Society of European A­ffairs Professionals (SEAP) and supported by Japan Tobacco International (JTI).

The two-hour discussion, entitled “Transparency and better regulation in the EU”, highlighted to the business sector the importance of an effective and robust transparency system.

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