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NCVO concern at plans to limit European lobbying - Wednesday 6 September 2006

The NCVO has warned the European Commission against introducing proposals that would restrict national NGOs from lobbying against its directives.

The commission's green paper on European transparency suggests implementing an accreditation scheme. If agreed, charities could find it difficult to gain access to the commission's building and would need to lobby through an accredited source, such as a larger Europe-based body with different priorities.

"Accreditation of lobbyists must be approached with extreme caution," Nolan Quigley, European and international officer at the NCVO, warned in the umbrella body's response to the green paper consultation.

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