In Romania, the law regulating lobbying in Romania was drafted.
According to the legislative initiative, the lobby activity will be defined as "any contact person organized and structured with public representatives to exert influence in the interest of a client". Moreover, the person who engages in lobbying as an employee or provider within a lobbying company or within a company that includes the lobby in its business.
The professional lobbying is at the beginning in Romania, but, like everywhere else, the biggest volume of influencing activity is made by professional organizations, business associations, civil society, syndicates, employers unions, corporations, think tanks, lawyers, and others.
There is a common perception that lobbying and public relations (PR) have become more enmeshed in recent years, with lines blurred between the two. Part of the confusion lies in the simple fact that both lobbyists and PR specialists seek to influence others. Given the perceived overlap of lobbying and PR, we feel it’s important to distinguish between the two and outline the objectives of both.