ICAWC 2013 - Lobbying in Europe - Claire Calder & Laura Vallance

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ICAWC 2013 - Claire Calder & Laura Vallance's presentation about Lobbying in Europe

ICAWC 2013 - Claire Calder & Laura Vallance's presentation about Lobbying in Europe

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  • 1. EU Lobbying Tips Laura Vallance Public Affairs Manager Dogs Trust Claire Calder Policy Officer Eurogroup for Animals
  • 2. Brussels The Basics
  • 3. How it works • The European Council • The European Commission (EC) • The European Parliament (EP) • The Council of the European Union
  • 4. The European Parliament • 766 MEPs • 22 committees • Next elections: May 22 -25 2014 • Seven political groups: EPP, S&D, ALDE, ECR, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL, EFD, (+NI) • Meets three weeks a month in Brussels and one week a month in Strasbourg for plenary sessions
  • 5. How EP Influences • Own-initiative reports • Public hearings • Questions to the European Commission and to the Council • Intergroups (Animal Welfare)
  • 6. Intergroup Animal Welfare
  • 7. Lobbying MEPs The EP, a key player in the EU decision making process • The most approachable and democratic EU institution • MEPs represent the will and concerns of the EU citizens • Lobbyists are part of the system
  • 8. Ways to Lobby • • • • • Letters, emails etc Face to Face meetings Ongoing relationships Visits to Shelters PR & Social Media
  • 9. Be Well Informed • Master the content of your briefings • Know your arguments • Look for convincing answers to counter arguments • Be able to say were further information can be found • Propose to speak with experts if detailed knowledge is required
  • 10. Research the MEP • Do your research on the MEP you are meeting • Get general background information ( internet, media) • Which are her/his committees, which delegations • Which reports of other parliamentary activities
  • 11. Useful Meeting Tips  Some small talk helps to create a positive atmosphere  Don’t interrupt  If the conversation is drifting away from the initial purpose try politely to come back to the point  Give an overview about the issues you want to present  Have a brief agenda prepared   Hand out the briefing or folder with briefings to be used as reference when needed Shortly summarise what has been discussed  Get concrete commitments by asking clearly but politely  Use a clear and simple language   Ask questions to gather information Assure that you will provide additional information if needed and requested  Take some notes and come back to aspects of interest  Always end on a positive  Do a picture and PR if appropriate  Follow up on the meeting  Listen carefully to give precise comments and replies when needed
  • 12. Obstacles to Effective Lobbying • MEPs get hundreds of letters/emails • MEP not interested in animal welfare • Companion animal welfare is not a competency of the EU • Language barriers
  • 13. Lobbying Success – Dogs Trust • Alyn Smith MEP • Appointed as lead negotiator on Animal Health and Welfare Strategy in July • No Previous Contact • Wrote a letter of congratulations & invited him to visit Glasgow rehoming centre
  • 14. Lobbying Success • Written Declaration tabled in EP on Dog Population Management & Compulsory Identification • Eurogroup, Dogs Trust and 2011 ICAWC delegates lobbied MEPs asking them to support declaration • 401 MEPs signed • Commission forced to act • Dogs & Cats included in EU Animal Welfare Strategy
  • 15. European Elections - Get Involved • • • • • • • European Election May 2014 124 million owned dogs and cats Lobby your candidates (even if its just 1) Speak to them about issues in your country Invite them to visit a shelter Ask them to sign Eurogroup pledge Ask political parties to put the following in their manifesto’s
  • 16. Animal Welfare - Key Points • EU rules to improve the breeding and sale of dogs and cats • Compulsory identification & registration in an appropriate database, linked to an EU database • Licencing of dog and cat breeders and traders
  • 17. For more information please contact: laura.vallance@dogstrust.org.uk c.calder@eurogroupforanimals.org
  • 18. Thank You