17 October: Lobbying: a good or a bad for Europe, its democracy and its economy?

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The Société d'encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale and Synopia are organising a round table on Thursday 17 October 2019, from 7 pm to 9 pm, on the theme "Lobbying: a good or an evil for Europe, its democracy and its economy? »

Decisions taken in Brussels are sometimes perceived as the result of influences exerted by pressure groups or major companies, whether European or non-European. Thus the number of lobbyists has continued to proliferate, which proves that it works.

If the Commission considers lobbying to be an integral part of the democratic system, what is really happening on the ground? On the contrary, are Parliament, the Commission and its services as vulnerable as they are said to be?
How do these influences work? Are they really transparent? Given the extreme importance of decisions taken to safeguard competition rules, how are the interests of companies taken into account and on what criteria before new regulations are issued?

Delegates from two major companies present in Brussels and experienced representatives from the European Commission and Parliament as well as an NGO will try to help us form an opinion.

With the participation of :

  • Marie de Saint Chéron, Safran, Brussels
  • Bertrand Deprez, Schneider Electric, Brussels
  • Sylvie Guillaume, Member of the European Parliament
  • Jo Leinen, former Member of the European Parliament
  • Antoine Colombani, office of Vice-President Frans Timmermans
  • and a representative of the NGO Transparency International
  •  Moderator: Patrick d'Humières, Sciences Po teacher, Centrale-Supélec, HEC

Location : Hôtel de l'industrie - 4 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris

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