“I MUST read the Decree BEFORE it is published”: lobbyists and the market of legislative drafts
We at Telos A&S have denounced for a long time the behaviour of those consultants who market themselves not as lobbyists, but as facilitators who can provide companies with “privileged access” to the Institutions. Very often, they also promise their corporate clients that they will be able to provide them with confidential information and, above all, legislative drafts before their competitors. This is barely legal, of course, but these consultants will go on operating in this lucrative market just because “everybody does so”, or because “the draft is going to leak anyway”, or because that’s the only way they think they will earn their clients’ appreciation. We reject this practice. That’s why we fight our battle for transparency in every step of the legislative process: this is the only way to make access to drafts equal for all. No “privileged” access, no leaks, no squalid and (illegal) trade in legislative drafts: that’s what we stand for.
Are we dumb? Maybe we really are.
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