This part of our site tries to answer the fundamental questions linked to any form of EU lobbying, namely:
The response is obvious at institutional level, namely lobbyists mainly focus on the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, but behind these institutions, hides a complex reality with multiple players wearing multiple hats.
First, it’s critical to understand the functioning of the EU basics, i.e. the treaties and the 3 pillars construction. Secondly, the EU has multiple dimensions that must be taken into account: political, national and institutional.
There are different legislative procedures an instrument can follow, and timing for each of them is of the essence. Understanding the different steps of Co-decision, assent, co-operation, etc is therefore a must. Moreover, from a logistics point of view, getting an understanding of the agendas of teh various institutions is important.
The importance of legislative instruments can vary at EU level, the main difference being between hard law and soft law proposals.
Have a look at the Brussels and Strasbourg location of the main EU institution buildings thanks to Google maps.
In this part of the site, we have compulsed practical info to prepare a trip to Brussels or Strasbourg, as well as links to the EU glossaries.