Lobbying is at the heart of our activities. We engage with all public and private legal entities and persons wishing to positively and transparently shape the policymaking process by walking with them every step of the way. From the very first interaction with the lobbying process to the final stage of presenting drafted legislation, we assist our clients in the following services:
- Diplomacy and mediation
- Legal drafting of potential/proposed regulations and legislation to be put in front of the relevant committee(s) at Parliamentary level
- A secure and reliable e-database with all past and current legislation drafts pending for approval, with an archive communicated directly through the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus
- Legal advice and analysis.
In this regard, we wish to play a wider role in redefining the policymaking process by assisting towards the improvement of the quality and speed in passing new, sustainable, and socially responsible legislation in all areas of policy. From information gathering, political, and legal interpretation, to counselling, support and the full implementation of the lobbying process, Zenox approaches the policymaking process in the following order:
Research and information collection for each specific case for each legal entity and person/client
Pre-assessment and field/policy analysis of each topic area
Development of a detailed action plan and possible resolution/bill drafting, with legal feedback back and forth in communication with the client
Delivery of the final draft to the relevant committee / policymaker or legislator and arranging meetings with other relevant players
Review of results.
What is lobbying?
Despite this not really being the case, lobbying is sometimes seen as something peculiar or negative, particularly in Cyprus. Even so, it is, in fact, a normal and secure process of transparency in progressive democracies. The actual process seeks to influence policymakers, legislators, and the decision-making authorities to take action on a given case or issue. It opens wider channels of communication for active citizens, organisations, and the business world, to directly engage with legislators.
Throughout the European Union, its member-states, and in line with the EU’s values on transparent decision-making institutions, lobbying as a practice is strongly encouraged. This is because the correct application of lobbying tackles corruption and prevents public and private individuals from striking deals behind closed doors at the expense of the wider public. It also helps the business world, by providing them with a framework to engage with key decision-makers and to freely pursue their commercial interests. These are all good qualities to a healthy economy and democracy that cooperates transparently with the citizenry and the business community.