The consultation process on the draft Principles launched by the Public Governance Committee in late October 2009 was completed in mid December. We invited more than one hundred stakeholders to provide comments, including legislators, representatives of the private sector, lobbying associations, civil society, trade unions, think tanks, academics, and international and regional government organisations.
We are glad to report that over 70 stakeholders responded. All of them acknowledged that the Principles are timely and relevant. The feedback from stakeholders signalled that the Principles properly address the main concerns and provide pillars for applying good governance principles in lobbying, in particular:
a) Recognising the shared responsibility of both public officials and lobbyists;
b) Levelling the playing field to engage stakeholders in public policies;
c) Making information on lobbying activities publicly accessible to allow scrutiny; and
d) Setting up effective mechanisms for implementation and compliance.
Based on the results of the multi-stakeholder consultation, the reviewed Principles were sent back to OECD governments for endorsement. The Principles will be discussed by the OECD Council in February 2010.