Lobbying in the 21st Century: Transparency, Integrity and Access

Virtual conference
Save the date: 20 May 2021, 12:00 – 15:30 (Paris time)
Register here
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about powerful private lobbies benefitting at public expense, putting lobbying in the spotlight. Lobbying can help make different voices heard in the decision-making process, but it needs to work with transparency and integrity. The OECD will launch its new flagship report “Lobbying in the 21st Century: Transparency, Integrity and Access” to assess how far we have come since the 2010 OECD Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying.

How to address the increased complexity of lobbying? What is the impact of lobbying on issues such as healthcare and climate change? How to provide transparency to foreign influence, lobbying through social media or think tanks?

Join the event on 20 May to discuss these and many other issues – more information will soon be published on this page. 
Draft agenda
12:00 – 13:00 | High-level discussion on lobbying in the 21st Century: key trends and challenges
The conference will open with welcoming remarks by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, followed by the opening panel discussion.
Through a dialogue with high-level officials, the opening plenary will consider key trends and challenges posed by lobbying practices in the 21st century, and its role in well‑functioning democracies.
Makis Voridis, Minister of the Interior, Greece
More speakers to be confirmed
13:00 – 14:00 | Lobbying in the 21st Century: perspectives from four key policy areas
In the current context, governments are required to make quick decisions and implement extensive policies to mitigate global health and economic risks. This time of crisis has shed new light on the key role that lobbying plays in how governments address major global challenges. This session will feature a discussion between experts and private sector representatives on lobbying in four key policy areas:
1. environment and climate change
2. health
3. technology and
4. finance
It will explore the multiple ways in which private interests may influence government decision-making (including influence channelled through political finance, media, and financing research and think tanks).
Chiara Colesanti Senni, Monetary Policy Fellow, Council on Economic Policy
Facundo Etchebehere, Vice-President of of Global Public Affairs and Corporate Affairs, Danone
Dylan Tanner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Influence Map
14:00 – 15:00 | Addressing foreign influence in public decision making and electoral processes
This session will explore the challenges and threats related to foreign lobbying and influence in public decision-making and electoral processes, as well as the opportunities to reduce such risks. Key focus areas include:
– the risks around social media
– transparency schemes
Sarah Chidgey, Deputy Secretary, Integrity and International Group, Attorney General’s Department, Australia
Philip Howard, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute
More speakers to be confirmed
15:00 – 15:30 | Closing: The future agenda for transparency, integrity and access in decision-making
The closing session will outline the vision for the future of lobbying in the public and private spheres.
Learn more
OECD work on lobbying
OECD work on public integrity
OECD Anti-Corruption & Integrity Hub
Contact us
If you have any questions, contact us at GOVintegrity@oecd.org
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