What is LobbyEurope?


Lobby Europe is a platform launched by the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) to increase the professionalisation of lobbying. It is a home for lobbyists and those who wish to understand the profession and its challenges. Lobbying is increasingly becoming a recognised career choice. As such, it requires an understanding from the public about the role it plays in policy-making, and the development of a source for lobbyists to learn new skills and training, exchange ideas, network, and uphold the basic values of transparency and ethics.

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Who is a Lobbyist?

Nowadays, more than ever, attention paid to ethical principles and professional standards is increasing, however, negative connotations associated with the word “lobbying” seem to prevail in the public sphere and have prompted most lobbyists to use other terms to describe their profession: in Europe the most used term is “public affairs”. At LobbyEurope we believe these misperceptions need correcting, both in terms of providing a better understanding of lobbying and proving that the sector holds itself accountable and transparent.


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Who are lobbyists?

Any interest group can try to influence the legislative process according to their views, and interest groups can assume a varied number of forms. From professional and self-employed consultants, to companies and in-house corporate teams, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), think-tanks and research bodies, trade, business and professional associations, academic institutions, civil society groups, consumers associations, media or even religious and territorial groups.

In a sense, any organisation that aims to influence EU policy-making is lobbying, even though they often avoid such denomination and prefer other designations such as advocacy groups, public affairs professionals, public policy managers or specialists in government or public relations.

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Who are lobbyists?

Any interest group can try to influence the legislative process according to their views, and interest groups can assume a varied number of forms. From professional and self-employed consultants, to companies and in-house corporate teams, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), think-tanks and research bodies, trade, business and professional associations, academic institutions, civil society groups, consumers associations, media or even religious and territorial groups.

In a sense, any organisation that aims to influence EU policy-making is lobbying, even though they often avoid such denomination and prefer other designations such as advocacy groups, public affairs professionals, public policy managers or specialists in government or public relations.

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