Lithuanian govt mulls attributing NGOs to lobbyists - media

Lithuania's Justice Ministry is reviving the idea, rejected by the parliament last year, to attribute nongovernmental organizations to lobbyists and also giving legal persons the right to become lobbyists, the Lietuvos Žinios daily writes.

Representatives of several ministries and NGOs have been invited to a meeting and asked to analyze and provide their opinion on the amendments to the Law on Lobbying Activities. According to the ministry's spokesman Audrius Kutrevičius, these are only preliminary draft amendments.

Their initiators say lobbying activities will become more transparent following the adoption of these amendments. Critics say, however, it would be wrong to attribute NGOs to lobbyists as they often represent the public interest and do not seek a profit.

Moreover, the proposal to allow legal persons to become lobbyists also comes under fire as it would reduce legal persons' responsibility for lobbying activities.

64 persons are now on the list of lobbyists in Lithuania.

Source: BNS
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