European Public Affairs Consultants Agree Code of Conduct
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European Public Affairs Consultants Agree Code of Conduct

The European Public Affairs Consultancies Association, the International Public Relations Association and the Society of European Affairs Professionals have developed a common code of conduct for European public affairs practitioners.

Paul Holmes

BRUSSELS—The European Public Affairs Consultancies Association, the International Public Relations Association and the Society of European Affairs Professionals have developed a common code of conduct for European public affairs practitioners, covering a range of issues including the importance of transparency, the necessity for truthfulness in all communications, and the rejection of any inducement to policy makers.

The common principles also underscore the importance of true dialogue in the recognition of “the rights of all parties involved to state their case and express their views.”

The principles were welcomed by Siim Kallas, the Commissioner responsible for the European Transparency Initiative, who said the three groups had demonstrated their commitment to ethical standards and suggested the agreement would “inspire and facilitate the efforts of the Commission to reach agreement during 2007 with all stakeholders on a Code of Conduct applicable to individuals and entities wanting to join the future Register of Interest Representatives.”

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