In 2008, I wrote the book “European lobbying” which has been republished three times in English and translated into a dozen languages (including French, German, Czech, Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish). “European lobbying” is downloadable free of charge on our website, in French or in English.
“European lobbying” was intended to be a methodology: a coherent explanation of European lobbying in its structures, its tools and its strategies.
Four years later, everything has changed. I could have simply updated the book, but that would be so boring! It seemed more fun, more enlightening for me – and more useful to the reader – to write a new book: “Reshaping European lobbying”.
75 interviews with the leading minds of today, to imagine the leading minds of tomorrow
With more questions than answers on the future of European lobbying, it was interesting for me to go and interview my peers. What do they think of the Lisbon Treaty? How do they assess the Commission’s actions? Are they familiar with post-Lisbon comitology? How do they imagine their structures, actions and skills 10 years from now?
The 75 interviews were a wonderful experience for me. Every interview was carried out freely and frankly. The added value of the new book is based entirely on these discussions.
“Reshaping European lobbying” sets out and analyses all that is new in European public affairs since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. It’s a real revolution!
- The first chapters of the book focus on the weakening of the ‘Community method’ in favour of the intergovernmental approached favoured by the Germany/France tandem. We try to answer the question: “Whom does European power belong to today?”
- Based on the new procedures and new practices, the next chapters compare the classical pre-Lisbon curve of influence to the new post-Lisbon curve of influence. The changes are significant.
- The main changes are: an inter-institutional approach beginning prior to the drafting phase, and an increase in the number of informal trilogues with 80% of basic legislative acts adopted at first reading. The result is a profound transformation of lobbying techniques.
- The new comitology procedures add extreme complexity to a system that was already very complicated system following the 2006 reform. How can you intervene on delegated acts and implementing acts? How can you get a hostile delegated act vetoed? How to get the Court of Justice involved in comitology files? All of these aspects are addressed in detail.