President Zelensky Signs Law on Regulated Lobbying

by Cheplyk Roman
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
President Zelensky Signs Law on Regulated Lobbying

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed into law the much-anticipated legislation on lobbying, officially known as draft law No. 10337

This legislative move is part of Ukraine's efforts to align with the European Commission's recommendations for EU accession, emphasizing the establishment of a transparent and regulated lobbying environment.

Set to become effective two months post the activation of the Transparency Register by the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAKC), the law mandates a no-later-than January 1, 2025, enforcement date.

Key Provisions of the New Lobbying Legislation:

Introduction of a Transparency Register, maintained by NAKC, to log activities and financial backing related to lobbying. Mandatory disclosure by lobbyists of detailed information, including lobbying contracts, funding sources, client and beneficiary details. Public accessibility to the register's information, ensuring openness and transparency in lobbying activities. Clarification between lobbying and advocacy, with the law specifically noting advocacy activities as distinct from lobbying. This legislative development marks a significant step towards enhancing the integrity and transparency of lobbying activities in Ukraine, aiming to foster a more accountable and open political process. It is also seen as a critical component of Ukraine's journey towards European integration, reflecting the country's commitment to adopting European standards and practices.

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