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After a long struggle the grand coalition has agreed on the introduction of a lobby register. In future, professional interest representatives will have to register in a register that is kept by the Bundestag and should be publicly accessible. The AFP news agency learned this from coalition circles on Tuesday evening. Violations should be punishable by a fine of up to 50,000 euros. First, the ARD capital studio reported on the coalition agreement.
According to the coalition, the statutory obligation to register should apply to the representation of interests vis-à-vis MPs, parliamentary groups and the federal government. In future, professional interest representatives would have to register in the register before contacting them and provide information about their employer or client, the number of employees and financial expenses.
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The draft law will be "passed promptly in the German Bundestag," the coalition told AFP. The coalition wants to create "significantly more transparency and traceability in the emergence of political projects".
SPD and Union had long argued about the details of the draft. In particular, the SPD's call for lobbying to be included in the Federal Government's bills, and not just lobbying against parliament, was controversial. The SPD had accused the Union of blocking this regulation, known as the "executive footprint". However, the Union had rejected these allegations.
The introduction of a lobby register has been discussed for a long time. In the summer of 2020, public outrage over the Amthor case contributed to the fact that the Union agreed to the project in principle after long hesitation. The details remained controversial until the agreement was reached on Tuesday evening.
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