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Transparency register: Yes… but…


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The European transparency register is both much needed, and in the face of a demanding European public, much required. And progress made in having companies sign up to the registry is impressive.

Let’s move on to another topic now: the ‘open’ European Commission’s stakeholder consultations which aim to have input and feedback from companies, organisations, and even citizens on their legislative initiatives.

In the beginning of the Summer, Kassandra came across a public consultation in order for “the Commission will get feedback on the current framework regulating Europe’s audiovisual media landscape (the so-called Audiovisual Media Services Directive – AVMSD)”.

What? We get to give feedback on legislation that concerns us? What’s the catch?

No catch… except that in order to register your feedback as a company, you have to be signed up to the transparency register.

Yes, a Slovenian company that runs a blog that produces a YouTube series that might want to provide feedback to the Commission, has to sign up to the transparency register.

Otherwise, your feedback is considered just like that of any other citizen. It’s no surprise that Commission offices are equipped with baskets for recycling paper.

We understand the zeal with which the Transparency register is trying to go mainstream. But this is a little overzealous.

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