In the framework of the event “How influential are lobbyists really?”, Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort,Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, presented his ideas on lobbyism based on his more than 25 years of experience as a lobbyist in Bonn, Berlin and Brussels.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organized a debate on the influence of lobbyism on European politics that attracted a lot of attention. The topic has been hotly debated in the past few month, especially due to some lobbying scandals and controversial law-making processes, in which lobbyism by corporations has been described as being especially strong. The lobbying scandal which led to the resignation of Commissioner Dalli, coupled with the intense lobbying that is part of the negotiations for a new data protection regulation and tobacco law have sparked the debate about the influence of lobbyists anew.
On 15 of October, members and friends of the Spanish liberal party Centro Democrático Liberal (CDL), who live and work in Brussels, conveyed in FNF’s Brussels office to discuss the result of the German elections and their impact on European and Spanish politics.
Gesine Meißner, Member of the European Parliament for the FDP and Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort, deputy chairman of the Naumann Foundation, gave their insight into the reasons that lead to such a poor result for the FDP and the current negotiation process to form a coalition.