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Browsing todays tweets I stumbled upon one of Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP stating that he met the following organizations, interest groups and lobbyists within the last months.

Actually a few month ago I discussed with a good friend whether it would be useful to force every MP to publish whom they talked. This could increase transparency for voters to see whether a MP talked to all or just a biased selection of stakeholders. I could imagine a NGO such as Transperancy International to collect this data and analyse it as well. It most certainly could provide data for many bachelor, master and phd-dissertations with(interesting?) results.

Until there is no one who collects such data I am thankful for anyone who delivers them on a voluntary basis. Hence I really appreciate Reinhard Bütikofers move and hope many politicians will follow.

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2 Comments

  1. a friend of mine commented via twitter that it’s a nice idea in general. however, it limits the potential of a surprise effect if you want to prepare smth quitely.

    it’s a valid argument especially since media like to pick certain things out of perspective or announce smth too early. hence it could be done with a certain time like. like companies which are listed at a stockmarket have to provide quarterly reports MPs could hand in reports on a 6month or yearly basis.


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