New Lobbying Act Could Help Combat Corruption

In the wake of Gorilla corruption allegations and the demands of protesters to make political party funding and conflicting relations more transparent, the issue is now being approached by the future government of Robert Fico, which could introduce a reporting obligation for politicians on who they meet, when and why.

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Certain kinds of ‘collaboration’ between politicians, public officials and financial groups with an interest in state contracts are an accepted and unavoidable part of societies throughout the world, so everything hinges on to what degree these oftentimes special relationships are above board.

The growing calls in Slovakia for some kind of Lobbying Act have therefore led the incoming government of the Smer-SD party, with its 83/150 majority in parliament, to examine possible legislative measures that would reduce the scope for corruption and cronyism. The idea of anchoring the reporting obligation of politicians into legislation could maybe work, but the law would have to be watertight.

At present there are no fixed set of rules governing meetings and relations between interested groups and MPs in Slovakia, but it is certainly not alone in Europe in that respect. Last week’s scandal in the UK, for instance, revealed that a £250,000 donation to the Conservative party would buy you access to the Prime Minister.

Robert Fico’s new government will be instated on 5 April, and one of the things it plans to do is set up a special committee to look into legislation in this area. Whatever legislation is adopted, if at all, may help reduce scope for corruption, but it might just give these relations a more acceptable public face.


  1. What about a shrubbery ?

    You know one that looks nice and not too expensive ?

  2. What? pay to see Bobby no Mates? Spend hard earned cash for that “Rabbit in the headlights look” he is perfecting? No thanks! 5K in the right pocket around here and El Fico becomes a permanent garden feature…… Hmmm I think we have room for a rockery!

  3. DR. Well being in Slovakia, it would be THREE times the price of course …..

  4. The real question George M, ala Yenny Youngman, is how much would it cost to deny you access…

  5. Has the picture library burnt down John ? Same pic on `wedding scam` x4 , Tom Gorilla Nicol`son looking like big Chef Higher Wather x3 and now all hands on the Euro cash ?

  6. A £250,000 donation my bank account could gain you access to me …any takers?

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