How many ministers, members of Parliament and other officials are working in the 28-member EU today? And how many corporations, associations, NGOs and other groups are clamoring for their attention?

Here are a few facts and figures that bring EU public affairs into sharper focus. For more data and insights on EU lobbying, click on the infographic at right.

  • The number of people lobbying in the EU is great — and growing. As of December 15, 2014, nearly 7,300 had signed on to the EU’s Joint Transparency Register, and almost half of those registrants (around 3,600) are corporations or associations. Approximately one-quarter (nearly 1,900) are nongovernmental organizations. By comparison, at the end of 2013, there were around 6,400 JTR registrants.
  • The EU has thousands of officials across various institutions. As of July 1, 2014, there are 751 members of the European Parliament from seven different political groups. And they’re supported by approximately 6,000 staffers. In addition, there are over 5,400 staffers working for EU agencies.
  • The regulatory process is much faster than the legislative process. On average, 81 legislative rules are enacted each year, and each proposal takes an average of two years to become law. Meanwhile, over 20 times more regulatory rules (1,647) are adopted annually, and the process takes an average of just four months.

To learn more about EU public affairs, contact András Baneth, managing director of the Council’s European office, or visit