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Gauging Romania’s lobby market potential

Published by Business Review, March 26, 2012

Around 15 specialized companies are currently doing lobby activities in Romania, on a market amounting between EUR 5 – 10 million, according to Liviu Mihaileanu, lobby specialist, but its future growth potential is impressive.

Mihaileanu, co-author of the book “Regulating lobby activities. On the influence hallway”, and co-author of “Lobby in Romania” study estimates the lobby market can soar to EUR 70 million.

“Unfortunately, the lobby activity in Romania was carried out for many years in the “shadows”, and companies doing this have not been transparent,” says Mihaileanu. “Most companies and NGOs prefer to “try” lobby activities through their own means without seeking professional help,” he adds.

Romanian Tax, Law & Lobby, an event organized by Business Review on March 29, will try to gauge the potential of the lobby market in Romania, in the same time seeing if this activity needs tighter regulation.

Roberto Musneci, senior partner at consultancy Serban & Musneci, and Aurelian Horja, communication consultant, co-author of “Lobby in Romania” study will be among the guest speakers that will shed some light in this field.

The event will also address the latest legal and fiscal changes that impact the business community.

Finding finance for your business in uncertain times poses a challenge so Business Review organizes in the same day a special workshop on Access to Finance, focusing on Public Private Partnerships, EU funds and State Aid.

Source: www.business-review.ro


Lobbyists are taking a chance on self regulation

Lobbyiştii scot asul din mânecă – Forbes (8-21 martie 2010)

Last year I published an article in Forbes where I stated that the next step lobbyists are going to take in Romania, in order to avoid a lobbying law, will be to announce a self regulation initiative. Recently, during a conference dedicated to assessing the opportunity of a lobbying law in Romania, one of the lobbyists publicly announced that a voluntary registry of lobbying activities is going to be open by lobbyists themselves.

How will this make lobbying more transparent and why do lobbyists prefer self regulation instead of a law with similar conditions?

Possible answers in the attached article (Romanian only). Download a PDF version from here.

McKinsey Survey: less than 25% of the companies whose primary market is in the European Union or the United States, are effective at lobbying

A recent McKinsey survey show that among companies whose primary market is in the European Union or the United States, less than a quarter of respondents say their companies are effective at developing and executing strategies for engaging with all relevant government stakeholders.

The results show that government actions have a significant effect on companies’ economic value: 34% of respondents say 10% or more of their operating income is at stake. Some government actions, such as providing infrastructure and access to capital, are likelier to have a positive than a negative effect on company finances. However, passing laws and setting policies—the actions executives say most often affect their companies’ economic value—have an overall negative effect. Respondents whose primary markets are in developing economies are more positive than others, however, about the effect of government actions, such as the passage of laws and enforcement of rules.

Given this value at risk, it’s promising that 71% of respondents say companies should proactively and regularly engage with government, but it’s less encouraging that only 43% say their companies actually do so.

Some of the reasons for the relative lack of engagement may be executives’ own views of government. More than 75% agree that business must be actively involved in shaping government policy to succeed and that it’s beneficial for companies to be as transparent as possible with government, but large shares also express frustration with government along various dimensions.

When companies do engage with government, executives indicate they’re not particularly good at it. Engaging with the governments of their companies’ primary-market countries is a top-three priority for only 30% of CEOs—although the figure rises to nearly 60% in China. More are involved in overseeing their companies’ efforts to engage: almost two-thirds of respondents say their CEOs either sponsor those efforts personally or oversee the group that does so.

Romanian readers may find usefull the following resource on the subject of lobbying:

According to McKinsey, the survey received responses from 1,167 executives representing the full range of industries, regions, and functional specialties.

Detailed survey results may be found on McKinsey Quarterly: www.mckinseyquarterly.com

Who benefits of lobbying self regulation?

Romanian readers may find useful the following resource on the subject of lobbying:

Commissioner Siim Kallas announced considers as a great success the fact that 2,100 lobbyists voluntarily registered themselves in the EC’s “Register of interest groups”. Is this the case?

A possible answer as well as an analysis of what lobbyists self regulation may bring to improving transparency in Romania can be found in an article I wrote for Forbes Romania (available in Romanian only):
“Who benefits of lobbying self regulation?”, Forbes Romania No. 20, 14-27 December 2009

Forbes: Demystifying lobbying, a required amendment for a moral injustice

Romanian readers may find useful the following resource on the subject of lobbying:

Forbes Romania published one of my articles on lobbying. Following the results of Rywin’s case in Poland, I focused on stating the difference between lobbying and traffic of influence and the necessity of lobby regulation in Romania.

You may read the article, in Romanian, in PDF format:
“Demystifying lobbying, a required amendment for a moral injustice”, Forbes Romania, No. 18, 16-28 November 2009

The first book on lobbying in Romania at Gaudeamus International Book Fair

Between November 24-29, 2009 you may find the first book on lobbying in Romania at the International Book Faird “Gaudeamus” held at Romexpo Exhibition Center, Bucharest.

You may find more details (in Romanian) at:

Book launching: “Lobby regulation. Inside the antechambre of influence”

C.H. Beck Publishing has the pleasure to invite you on November 11, 2009 to the launching event of the book “Lobby regulation. Inside the antechambre of influence” written by Liviu Mihaileanu and Aurelian Horja. The event will take place at the Law Faculty of Bucharest University (36-46 Kogalniceanu Blvd., Bucharest).

Besides defining the lobby activities and presenting lobbying tactics and tools, the book clarifies aspects such as the difference between lobby and trafic of influence and makes a comparative analysis of lobby regulation in USA, the European Union and EU member states.

For more information, please visit: www.reglementare-lobby.ro

Analysis of lobby regulation in Romania, the European Union and the United States of America

Romanian readers may find useful the following resource on the subject of lobbying:

Debates on lobby regulation uncover a significant issue of the Romanian public law system as identifying its characteristics at international and Romanian level are an essential step in building the arguments of future regulations.

In this article, I aimed to perform a comparative analysis of lobby regulation characteristics in the European parliamentary systems (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom), the European Union and the United Stated of America against previous Romanian regulation endeavours. Also, the article underlines the necessity of lobby regulation to comply with national fundamental rights.

You may find bellow a PDF copy of the article (Romanian version with English abstract):
“Analysis of lobby regulation in Romania, the European Union and the United States of America,” The Public Law Journal No. 1(35), Institute of Administrative Sciences, Bucharest, January-March 2009, 98-107

Values are proven during crisis

You may proclaim your values anytime but during crisis you have to prove them. I admire Scotland which, three years ago, became the first part of the UK to outlaw smoking in public places and resisted to the lobby addressed by the tobacco industry against the regulation.

Recently, Scotland’s devolved government announced an initiative to set a minimum price for alcohol. Of course, Scotch Whisky Association claimed that such a measure would have damaging consequences on local alcohol export trade.

Before making an opinion, let’s see the reasons this initiative even started. Dr. Harry Burns, Scotland’s chief medical officer, said alcohol misuse claimed many hundreds of lives in Scotland every year – twice as many as 15 years ago. Moreover, Nicola Sturgeon, health secretary, said the scale of Scotland’s alcohol misuse problem was shocking: 42,500 alcohol-related hospital discharges; 1,500 deaths per year; soaring rates of liver cirrhosis; the eighth highest consumption in the world and a GBP 2.25bn annual cost in extra services and lost productivity.

Governments, like companies, have their own set of values. If they say their goal is to protect the citizens’ health, they should do so, even in crisis. Actually, especially during crisis because this is the time you really prove your commitment.

Likewise, any company can say, for instance, “we value people”. It is the crisis that makes the difference between those only saying it and those who really mean it.