Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2013, 61, 327-333
Published online 2013-04-24

Lobbying in the European union – regulation and public sector economics perspective

Daniela Dvořáková1, Michal Petrůj2

1Department of Law and Social Sciences, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2Department of Regional Development and Public Administration, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Lobbying has become an inseparable companion of the decision-making process and firms but also other social actors (non-governmental organizations, individuals, private and civil sector) are forced to reflect this fact, if they want to promote their interests effectively and if they want to avoid regulation that would harm their interests. The paper analyses the regulation of lobbying in European institutions and focuses on two major institutions which are under pressure of the lobbyists, the European Commission and the European Parliament. The paper discusses and presents the both ways of regulation which occur in the European institutions- the concept of self-regulation and the binding Code of Conduct under the Rules of Procedure in the European Parliament.The paper contains also possible economic consequences of lobbying based on the Public Sector Economics perspective and the methodology of the principal-agent relationship.


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