Commencement of enforcement provisions
The Standards Commission wishes to remind registrants that the enforcement provisions provided for in Part 4 of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (the Act) will come into effect from 1 January 2017. Section 21(1) of Part 4 of the Act provides that a person who is late submitting a return of their lobbying activities may be served with a Fixed Payment Notice of €200.
Lobbying returns for the period 1 September – 31 December 2016 are due to be submitted by 21 January 2017. A registered person who is late submitting their lobbying return will, therefore, be issued with a Fixed Payment Notice of €200. If the Fixed Payment is not paid within 21 days the person may be prosecuted for an offence under section 20(1) of the Act.
A registered person who has not carried out lobbying activities during a particular return period MUST furnish a nil return. A registered person who is late submitting a nil return WILL receive a fixed payment notification for the amount of €200.
Part 4 also provides that if a registered person does not submit any lobbying return for a particular lobbying period the person may be investigated and prosecuted by the Standards Commission under section 20(2) of the Act.