The new era of lobbying - Chapter 7 : The Austrian model

Alain-Patrick Umucyo By Alain-Patrick Umucyo, 27th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2umy7rdm/
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On the background of the new lobbying strategy currently in development,(1) the Austrian companies are making their way to the top and back to their privileged territory.

1 The revamped background

The European Union is gradually transitioning from an international organisation under the influence of financial interests(2) to an organisation controlled by companies(3). Taking advantage of flawed institutional framework, companies managed to take the role that would be expected to to be occupied by citizens. The example of the current negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership shows how marginalised the EU citizens are(4) while firms have representatives inside the institutions of the Union(5).

However, the goal for the firms is to supplant governments.(6) The European Union is a transitional stage, between the time of Jack Abramoff, during which the public sphere was manipulated from outside, and the Brad Smith era, which exemplifies the tendency for a control of the public sphere from the inside.(7) The best-positioned companies after the end of this stage will be the first to reach governmental powers. For the time being, their success in the EU vary from one country to another.

2 The watchful presence at the EU level

On 16 September 2014, the Group of the European People's Party(8) announced the creation of “A working group to scrutinise every EU law with regard to excessive regulation and its impact on SMEs”.(9) The Chairman of the 40-Member-of-the-European-Parliament group said that : “In this new legislative period, we finally have to take the gloves off and make sure that new EU law focuses on what is really essential. Too detailed regulation is a barrier to economic growth”.(10) Ha added : “We want to be a 'Red Tape Watch', an observatory against bureaucratic excess”.(11)

There are five Vice-Chairmen among the 40 members of the Working Group SME Circle (Small- and Medium Entrepreneurs Circle).(12) One of them is Paul Rübig.(13) This Austrian MEP is also a member of the Chairman's office in charge of the Industry sector for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.(14) In addition to the Vice-Chairmanship of the SME Circle, he is also an Honorary President of SME Europe(15). “The purpose of “SME Europe” (Small and Medium Entrepreneurs of Europe) is to shape EU policies in a more SME friendly way.”(16)

3 The conspicuous presence in Austria

Another Honorary President of SME Europe is Christoph Leitl. He is also Chairman of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.(17) It is in this capacity that a addressed the Austrian Club of economic journalists on 09 October 2014.(18) He communicated the “lack of motivation for entrepreneurial initiative” observed among entrepreneurs who are overwhelmed by the monstruous Red Tape.(19) “Even big companies loose sight of the applicable regulations. This could give ground to an action in front of the European Court of Human Rights” he added.(20)

The representative of “the interests of Austrian enterprises”(21) pointed that “in Austria, there are 20 000 to 25 000 national rules, with the European regulations this goes up to 100 000. Only in the law protecting workers, there are 1209 regulations.”(22) So he suggested a solution, one of its three components requiring a State that is “Adviser and Associate” rather than pernickety and prone to punish “fussy details”.(23)

When the public sphere becomes adviser and supporter of the economic interests then lobbyists play a role of political representation. They are already doing so at the European Union level.(24) When comes the opportunity, they will certainly do so at the national level.

4 Summarizing diagram

The present chapter is part of The new era of lobbying volume.

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(21)WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER ÖSTERREICH. Wir über uns . 2014. WKÖ. <https://www.wko.at/Content.Node/wir/oe/Wir_ueber_uns_Startseite_Oesterreich.html> accessed 24 November 2014

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(24)UMUCYO Alain-Patrick. The new era of lobbying - Chapter 5 : XXIst century lobbying, the new power . 22 November 2014. Wikinut. <http://nut.bz/3vbzk5hj/> accessed 24 November 2014

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