Lessons learnt from implementing the OECD Recommendation on Lobbying
A progress report on the implementation of the Recommendation of the Council on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying by OECD member and partner countries.
The report shows that countries have struggled to implement lobbying regulations and there are still shortcomings in compliance and enforcement strategies. Enforcement of integrity standards and codes of conduct remains relatively weak and most lobbyists surveyed indicated that there were either no sanctions for breaching standards or codes of conduct or, if there were, that they were not compelling enough to deter breaches.
Publication available: September 2014
The report also finds that countries’ experience over the last three years has revealed new or heightened risks related to lobbying that demand special attention and an innovative, modern integrity framework. Revolving-door practices and, in particular, pre-public employment continue to threaten the integrity of public decision making. Only one-third of OECD member countries place any restrictions on hiring lobbyists to fill regulatory or advisory posts in government.