Sign our statement against a EU Foreign Agents Registration Act
A call for evidence makes the case for a new legal instrument (directive) to introduce common transparency and accountability standards for interest representation services directed or paid for from outside the EU, to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market, and to protect the EU democratic sphere from covert outside interference. While focusing on transparency and accountability, this proposal appears to mirror so-called foreign influence legislation or Foreign Agents Registration Acts' globally. These laws have significantly curtailed the space for independent civil society and been deployed as a tool to silence critical voices.
- not to pursue the proposal for a legal instrument introducing common transparency and accountability standards for interest representation services directed or paid for from outside the EU ;
- to consider a fundamental rights impact assessment ahead of any legislative proposal;
-to ensure an open and structured dialogue with all stakeholders, in particular all proposals or review of legislation affecting civil society must be prepared in close dialogue with civil society.