The Italian representatives who have certified at least one meeting are Irene Tinagli of the group of Socialists and Democrats e Marco Zanni, Andrea Caroppo, Marco Dreosto is Rosanna Conte of the Identity and Democracy group. A procedure, this, foreseen by the new regulation of the EU Parliament adopted in January 2019 precisely with the aim of making the institutions of Brussels more transparent: the presidents of the parliamentary committees, the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs should publish all the meetings related to the reports in discussion in committees on an internal system in Parliament, while MEPs may also decide to make them public on their web page.
But if you look at the whole plenary, the percentages of those who provided this information remain low: they are 259 out of 704 the MEPs who made public 8,310 meetings, just over a third. As for the committee chairs, only 16 out of 22 published meetings with lobbyists. For members of Parliament who do not hold positions, however, the publication of the meetings remains voluntary.
Among the groups most attentive to transparency are i Verdi Efa (91%) e Renew Europe (57%), with over half of its members having published meetings with lobbies in the past year. Following the group S & D (45%), the left EU GUE / NGL (38%), the EPP (23%), Ecr (17.7%). The members of the group Identity and Democracy they publish least of all (8%).
Among the lobbyists, companies and NGOs that have invested the most in Lobby activities are the Uniòn General De Trabajadores De Las Comunicaciones Spanish, with over 20 million euros. They follow him European Chemical Industry Council with 10.5 million, I.R.I.S Solutions & Experts with 10, Sintes Af with 8.5, Pillar Project Worldwide Ltd with 8.3 e Google with 8.
The country from which the largest number of lobbyists come is the Belgium, but in this case it is also influenced by the fact that most of the work of the European institutions takes place in Brussels. In fact, all of these do not refer to Belgian companies. They follow the Germany, the France, the UK, the Spain and theItaly. Most of them (6,261) are companies, followed by NGOs (3,152) and think tanks (895).