EU-in-BRIEF out now | Lobbying in participatory democracy by Bernd Hüttemann
„European institutions were not the only ones working in the context of external and internal crises, intermediary spheres were also affected. Significant developments did take place, however, beneath the radar. The Commission’s strategy of ‘better regulation’, first introduced in 2015, led to the formation of a new governance cycle. As a result, interest groups are being involved not only at the procedural stage but also in the implementation phase, provided that there is structuring of existing opportunities for participation by stakeholders where there is a tendency to the exclusivity of the involved parties. It is primarily the Transparency Register which is being discussed publicly. It continues to be well suited as a negative model for ‘Brussels lobbying’, but it does also provide clarity for accountability contexts. This includes the increasing clarification and classification of the term ‘lobbying’. Thus, the practice of the informal trilogue between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission has begun to attract greater attention. A new trend seems to be the consideration of lobbying in the Permanent Representations of the member states.“ writes European Movement International’s Vice President Bernd Hüttemann in our recent published EU-in-BRIEF.
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About the author
Bernd Hüttemann, born on December 8th 1970 in Paderborn, is the Secretary General of the European Movement Germany and the Vice-President of the European Movement International (EMI).
He studied Political Science, History and European Law at the University of Bonn. After his graduation, he first worked as a PR-consultant and for the Robert Bosch Stiftung, then as a research fellow at the Institute for European Politics. Between 2000 and 2003 he carried out EU integration programmes of the German Federal Government for the Slovak and Croatian governments in Bratislava and Zagreb. He began his political career at the Young European Federalists (YEF). Among others, he was head of office in Bonn and Brussels. Later, Bernd Hüttemann was honorary Secretary General of the “Europa- Union Deutschland” (German UEF). Since 2003 he is the Secretary General of the European Movement Germany. His work focuses on the development of a pluralistic and democratic Europe, representation of interests at the European level, political communication and the coordination of European politics in Germany.
Bernd Hüttemann was elected as one of the top 160 German future managers aged younger than 40 by the business magazine Capital in 2010. In 2011 he became a teaching fellow at the University of Passau (Chair of European Studies) and in 2015 at Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR).
Bernd Hüttemann is the Vice-President of the European Movement International. Since 2016 Bernd Hüttemann has been an adviser for the Episcopalian work group of Europe at the German Bishops’ Conference. He gives regular interviews and statements in German and international media (such as Deutschlandfunk, BBC, Guardian, l’Observateur and publishes scientific articles on European politics, lobbying and civil society.