The European Ombudsman wants to ensure the Brexit talks are as safe as possible
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly gave out advice related to what the bureaucrats can and cannot accept as gifts from lobbyists.
Various organisations carry out lobbying in Brussels, such as campaigners and consultancies, who all have different hopes for the Brexit negotiations.
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Prime Minister Theresa May greets European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a working dinner at 10 Downing Street, London
It is not always obvious to public officials as to what constitutes acceptable lobbying
The EU watchdog said the 20 point list is “relevant to the imminent Brexit negotiations when large number of interest representatives will understandably see to engage with EU officials”.
Ms O’Reilly, said: “It is not always obvious to public officials as to what constitutes acceptable lobbying.
“This checklist will help ordinary civil servants to navigate these occasionally tricky waters.”
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said there will be “unique and unprecedented” transparency around Brexit.
Information about the dinner between Theresa May and Juncker was leaked, much to May's annoyance
Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear that she hopes the Brexit talks will be held privately.
The European Ombudsman office handled 1,880 individual complaints from around the EU last year and opened 245 formal inquiries.
The former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has said: “A lot of negotiations are informal and they take place outside the actual negotiating room.”
Mrs May got an unwelcome taster of ‘Brussels gossip’ when there were leaks of her confidential dinner with the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker.
There are 5,400 diplomats in Brussels, 20,000 lobbyists and 40,000 EU employees in Brussels.
The Brexit talks are due to start after the election on June 8.