In Cyprus, the landscape of lobbying has undergone significant changes in recent years, leading to the formulation of new legislation and practices to regulate and bring transparency to lobbying activities.

Lobbying, the practice of influencing decision-makers and legislation, has traditionally been viewed with skepticism in Cyprus, often associated with negative connotations such as corruption and nepotism. This perception has been fueled by the lack of clear legislation and transparency in lobbying activities. However, recent legislative developments are aiming to change this perspective and bring about a more transparent and ethical approach to lobbying.

Key Legislative Developments

The Transparency in Public Decision-Making Procedures and Related Matters Law of 2022. This law, also known as the "Lobbying Law," was enacted to establish a more transparent framework for the interaction between lobbyists and public officials. It represents a significant step forward in reshaping public decision-making processes and battling corruption.

Registration and Oversight

Under the new law, lobbyists are required to register with the Cyprus Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC). This registration process is crucial as it provides a structured approach to monitoring and controlling lobbying activities. The IAAC also oversees the implementation of a Code of Conduct for registered lobbyists.

Disclosure and Transparency

The legislation mandates that all meetings between state officials and lobbyists be published, detailing the content of discussions and any financial aspects. This measure aims to increase transparency and hold both lobbyists and officials accountable for their actions.

Inclusion of Various Entities

Interestingly, the law extends the definition of lobbyists to include trade unions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), thus broadening the scope of entities that must adhere to lobbying regulations.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

The law stipulates that lobbyists who fail to comply with the requirements, or file incomplete or inaccurate reports, may face fines and possibly prison sentences. This applies equally to state officials who are dishonest in their reports.

The Role of Organizations in Advocacy and Education

Organizations like Oxygono have played a pivotal role in advocating for ethical lobbying practices and promoting good governance in Cyprus. They have been instrumental in pushing for the aforementioned legislation and continue to educate individuals and organizations on compliance with these new regulations.

The Way Forward

While the new legal framework marks a significant advancement in regulating lobbying in Cyprus, challenges remain in terms of public perception and awareness. Efforts are ongoing to educate the public on the positive aspects of ethical lobbying and its role in a modern democratic state. Additionally, the implementation of these laws and regulations requires continued vigilance to ensure their effectiveness in promoting transparency and accountability in public decision-making.


In summary, anyone wishing to engage in lobbying activities in Cyprus must now adhere to the regulations set out by the Transparency in Public Decision-Making Procedures and Related Matters Law of 2022. This includes registering with the IAAC, adhering to a Code of Conduct, and maintaining transparency in their interactions with public officials. The evolution of these legal frameworks and practices reflects Cyprus's commitment to fostering a more transparent and ethical environment for lobbying, thereby enhancing the integrity of its public decision-making processes.