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Commissioner defends transparency of lobbying in Brussels

sefcovicNew Europe, June 5, 2013

At an event at the Brussels Press Club heralding the release of the fifthGuide to Effective Lobbying in Europe, EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič defended the role of lobbying in Brussels.

Speaking alongside CEO of lobbying firm Burson Marsteller EMEA Jeremy Galbraith, Šefčovič called lobbying “a legitimate exercise,” going on to later say that it was “part of the political game” and that the common perception of lobbyists as “fat cats smoking cigars and slipping wads of cash into the pockets of unscrupulous EU officials,” was inaccurate.

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