Today, 02.02.2017, Semantic Interactive became one of the companies registered in the Transparency Register of the European Commission and the European Parliament. As an R&D SME, being a beneficiary itself and being a consultant to other innovative SMEs in funding and developing new products and services, Semantic Interactive is an important stakeholder and interested party in various EU policies - •Competition •Development •Economic and Financial Affairs •Enterprise •Information Society etc. We are also currently participating in the Public Stakeholder Consultation – Evaluation of Public-Public Partnerships (Art.185 initiatives) in the context of the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation. Entering the Transparency Register was our decision as we firmly believe that the EU decision-making process must be as transparent and open as possible. Furthermore, we have signed the THE EU TRANSPARENCY REGISTER CODE OF CONDUCT.
=== The EU decision-making process must be as transparent and open as possible. The more open the process is, the easier it is to ensure balanced representation and avoid undue pressure and illegitimate or privileged access to information or to decision-makers. Transparency is also a key part of encouraging European citizens to participate more actively in the democratic life of the EU. The transparency register has been set up to answer core questions such as what interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets. The system is operated jointly by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Semantic Interactive decided to enter the register for several reasons:
- We believe that our voice matters - we are an important stakeholder and want to participate in the EU decision-making process which can make the EU a better place
- This fits our mission: "We enable the development and exploitation of cutting-edge digital innovations and intelligent machines resulting in exciting, meaningful and sustainable global solutions". We are an enabler not only with our technology, but also with our consultancy and opinion
- This fits our vision: "To become a recognized European innovator and leader in locating, organizing and building knowledge. We will boost the action potential of early adopters in helping mankind become smarter." Becoming actively engaged in the EU policy making and evaltion process is one of the initiatives that can help us achieve this vision faster and make a stronger impact.
- This fits our values: see the entire text of the CODE OF CONDUCT below.
- Finally, we became a contributor to the survey 'Public Stakeholder Consultation – Evaluation of Public-Public Partnerships (Art.185 initiatives) in the context of the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation'. Basically, our opinion is that the Eurostars Programme is great, but that there is a great misalignment of policies and procedures on national level which prevent effective R&D partnership.
CODE OF CONDUC The Code of Conduct in Annex 3 of the 2014 Interinstitutional Agreement on the Transparency Register sets out the rules for all those who register and establishes the underlying principles for standards of behaviour in all relations with the EU institutions.
"The parties hereto consider that all interest representatives interacting with them, whether on a single occasion or more frequently, registered or not, should behave in conformity with this Code of Conduct.
In their relations with EU institutions and their Members, officials and other staff, interest representatives shall: (a) always identify themselves by name and, by registration number, if applicable, and by the entity or entities they work for or represent; declare the interests, objectives or aims they promote and, where applicable, specify the clients or members whom they represent; (b) not obtain or try to obtain information or decisions dishonestly or by use of undue pressure or inappropriate behaviour; (c) not claim any formal relationship with the European Union or any of its institutions in their dealings with third parties, or misrepresent the effect of registration in such a way as to mislead third parties or officials or other staff of the European Union, or use the logos of EU institutions without express authorisation; (d) ensure that, to the best of their knowledge, information, which they provide upon registration, and subsequently in the framework of their activities covered by the Register, is complete, up-to-date and not misleading; accept that all information provided is subject to review and agree to co-operate with administrative requests for complementary information and updates; (e) not sell to third parties copies of documents obtained from EU institutions; (f) in general, respect, and avoid any obstruction to the implementation and application of, all rules, codes and good governance practices established by EU institutions; (g) not induce Members of the institutions of the European Union, officials or other staff of the European Union, or assistants or trainees of those Members, to contravene the rules and standards of behaviour applicable to them; (h) if employing former officials or other staff of the European Union, or assistants or trainees of Members of EU institutions, respect the obligation of such employees to abide by the rules and confidentiality requirements which apply to them; (i) obtain the prior consent of the Member or Members of the European Parliament concerned as regards any contractual relationship with, or employment of, any individual within a Member's designated entourage; (j) observe any rules laid down on the rights and responsibilities of former Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission; (k) inform whomever they represent of their obligations towards the EU institutions.
Individuals who have registered with the European Parliament with a view to being issued with a personal, non-transferable pass affording access to the European Parliament's premises shall: (l) ensure that they wear the access pass visibly at all times in European Parliament premises; (m) comply strictly with the relevant European Parliament Rules of Procedure; (n) accept that any decision on a request for access to the European Parliament's premises is the sole prerogative of the Parliament and that registration shall not confer an automatic entitlement to an access pass.