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What is Lobbying?

The act of influencing, by argumentation, the course of action of a decision-maker. This means any attempt by a group or an individual to influence the decisions of government. The effort may be a direct appeal to a decision-maker in either the executive or legislative branches, or it may be indirect e.g. through attempts to influence public opinion. It may include oral or written efforts of persuasion, campaign contributions, public- relations campaigns, research supplied to legislative committees etc.

How to Influence the Decision?

It is very important to make your voice heard at a time when legislations are touching on every sphere of daily life and / or activities.

In lobbying you can attract the attention of Institutional Actors on an issue of interest in order for that issue to be taken into account, modify a rule, make sure that your organisation’s interests are well represented etc.

What is the Advantage of Working Closely With the Governments and other Institutions?

The role of the government and other international institutions and the impact of their decisions are more and more talked about. The advantages of working with them are numerous for example avoiding or minimizing the negative impact of their decisions (if any) on your business (defending your interests).

Why Should the Institutions or Governments Work with you?

Even if Governments and International Institutions appear to be inscrutable bureaucracy, they only make use of minimum human resources in the light of the amount of responsibility they have. In their work, civil servants inevitably have an increasing need for expertise and competence that they cannot find internally.

Consequently, they can call on organisations like yours that works in all sectors of policy, be it associations, firms, trade federations, trade unions, local authorities and so on. These organisations can be invited to contribute to the development of their policies in order to convey the realities on the ground needed to finalise those policies and /or legislative proposals.