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“Transparency in Lobbying”

The Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) is going to held a policy seminar on  “Transparency in Lobbying,” at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center in Prague Friday, 14 October, 2011.

This event is a part of a PASOS project to create a comparative analysis of the regulatory framework for lobbying in four countries: Bulgaria, the Czech RepublicRomania, and Ukraine, with benchmarks set against practices in the United States and Canada. The event will be conducted in English.

The agenda for the seminar is as follows (also attached as a PDF file):

11.00 Welcome and opening remarks: Paul Oglesby, Press Attaché, U.S. Embassy in Prague, and Jeff Lovitt, Executive Director, PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society)

11.05 Introduction to the project: Petr Pajas, Programme Manager, PASOS

11.10 Summary report on comparative research of transparency in lobbying: Valts Kalniņš, Senior Researcher, Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia

11.30 The legal environment for lobbying in the USA and Canada – a benchmark for Europe? Petr Pajas, Programme Manager PASOS

11.45 Follow-up discussion, and Q&A, moderator: Jeff Lovitt, Executive Director, PASOS

12.15-12.45 Buffet lunch refreshment

12.45-14.30 Comparative models and lessons on law and regulation of lobbying

Moderator: Petr Pajas, Programme Manager, PASOS


Hanna Cherednychenko, Analyst, International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS), Ukraine

Valts Kalniņš, Senior Researcher, Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia

Borislav Mavrov, Programme Director, European Institute, Bulgaria

Adrian Moraru, Deputy Director, Institute for Public Policy (IPP), Romania

Radomír Špok, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic

To register for this event, please RSVP to  by end of day Thursday, October 13, 2011.

This seminar is being undertaken as part of Transparency in Lobbying, a project of PASOS, supported by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of Open Society Foundations. Special thanks to U.S. Embassy in Prague for hosting the event.