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


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

  1. 1. EU Lobbying Tips Laura Vallance Public Affairs Manager Dogs Trust Claire Calder Policy Officer Eurogroup for Animals
  2. 2. Brussels The Basics
  3. 3. How it works • The European Council • The European Commission (EC) • The European Parliament (EP) • The Council of the European Union
  4. 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. 5. How EP Influences • Own-initiative reports • Public hearings • Questions to the European Commission and to the Council • Intergroups (Animal Welfare)
  6. 6. Intergroup Animal Welfare
  7. 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. 8. Ways to Lobby • • • • • Letters, emails etc Face to Face meetings Ongoing relationships Visits to Shelters PR & Social Media
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 17. For more information please contact:
  18. 18. Thank You