CEDIS Political Lobbying Policy

CEDIS Political Lobbying Policy


Policy Statement:

CEDIS is committed to conducting its activities ethically, transparently, and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This Political Lobbying Policy outlines the principles and guidelines for engaging in political lobbying activities to ensure that such activities align with CEDIS mission and values.


This policy applies to all employees, contractors, volunteers, and individuals associated with CEDIS. It covers any political lobbying activities conducted on behalf of or in connection with the research center.

Definition of Political Lobbying:

Political lobbying refers to any attempt to influence government officials, policymakers, or legislation to support or oppose specific legislation, regulations, or public policies.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Non-Partisanship:
    • CEDIS will maintain a non-partisan stance and refrain from endorsing or supporting any political party or candidate.
  2. Transparency:
    • Any lobbying activities conducted by CEDIS will be transparent and disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  3. Mission Alignment:
    • Political lobbying efforts will align with the mission, values, and goals of CEDIS.

Authorization and Oversight:

  1. Authorization:
    • Political lobbying activities must be authorized by the Board of Directors of CEDIS.
  2. Oversight:
    • The Board of Directors of CEDIS will oversee and monitor all political lobbying activities to ensure compliance with this policy.

Financial Contributions:

  1. Prohibition of Direct Contributions:
    • CEDIS prohibits the direct contribution of funds to political parties, candidates, or political action committees.
  2. Expenditure Transparency:
    • Any expenditures related to political lobbying activities will be accurately recorded and reported in accordance with applicable laws.

Employee Participation:

  1. Voluntary Participation:
    • Participation in political lobbying activities is voluntary for employees, and no adverse action will be taken against those who choose not to participate.
  2. Code of Conduct:
    • Employees engaging in political activities must adhere to CEDIS’s Code of Conduct and ethical guidelines.

Compliance and Accountability:

  1. Legal Compliance:
    • All political lobbying activities will comply with local, national, and international laws and regulations.
  2. Accountability:
    • Individuals involved in political lobbying activities will be held accountable for their actions, and any violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

Review and Revision:

This Political Lobbying Policy will be periodically reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure alignment with legal requirements and CEDIS mission.

Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to this policy, please contact the Head of Office of CEDIS at cedis@novalaw.unl.pt.

We ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations governing political lobbying in our jurisdiction.