17th March 2014: Today at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate in the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) on the Inter-institutional Agreement on the Transparency Register (register of lobbying groups that will be compulsory).
"Would bodies that invite people (MEPs) to their meetings, in order that they might be influenced, without stepping through the doors of the European Parliament, be counted as lobbyists to be registered?
"Would, for example, the Bilderberg Group be included?
"We know that Herman van Rompuy was invited and attended and we know that President Barroso was invited and attended. I do not know if any members of the European Parliament have been invited and have attended. I shall say, for the record, that I have not but then it's not likely that I would be!
"Well, that was a conversation stopper; wasn't it?"