What are my obligations if I leave my office?

Your post-mandate obligations are the following, if you held an office with the National Assembly, the government, a public corporation or one of its agencies and wish to engage in lobbying activities:

1. General obligations of confidentiality and not unduly
profiting from a previous function

Are you affected by these obligations?
All persons who held a public office are affected:
What is the nature of these obligations?

Confidentiality
A former public office holder may not disclose confidential information or give advice based on information which is not available to the public and that were obtained within the framework of his former office.

Undue benefit
A former public policy holder may not unduly (unreasonbly) profit from the office he used to hold nor act in respect of a procedure, a negotiation or a specific operation to which he participated in the performance of his former office.

For how long must you meet these obligations?
These obligations are permanent, which means that at any time former public office holders have to meet these obligations when they engage in lobbying activities.

Do these obligations prevent you from engaging in lobbying activities?
No. However, the lobbying activities must be carried out in compliance with the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act and the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.


2. Prohibition to engage in lobbying activities with certain
public office holders

Does this prohibition apply to you?
You are affected by this prohibition for two years after the end of your mandate if you were:
You are affected by this prohibition for one year after the end of your mandate if you were:
What is the nature of this prohibition?
The Act forbids you from engaging in lobbying activities with a public office holder whose duties are performed within the same parliamentary or government institutions as those in which you worked during the year preceding the end of your mandate or office. Therefore, you cannot act as a consultant lobbyist, an enterprise lobbyist or an organization lobbyist.

Moreover, you cannot lobby a parliamentary, government or municipal institution with which you had, here again during the year preceding the end of your mandate or office, direct and significant official relations.

Does this prohibition prevent you from lobbying all public office holders?
No. You can lobby public office holders other than those within the parliamentary or government institution where you performed your duties and other than those holding office or employment in institution with which you had direct and significant official relations.

These lobbying activities must be carried out in compliance with the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act and the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.


3. Specific prohibition to act as a consultant lobbyist

Does this prohibition apply to you?
You are affected by this prohibition for two years after the end of your mandate if you were:
You are affected by this prohibition for a period of one year following the end of your mandate if you were:
What is the nature of this prohibition?
The Act forbids you to lobby as a consultant lobbyist all parliamentary, government and municipal institutions.

How long do you have to hold your office for this prohibition to apply?
You must have held this office for at least one year (consecutively or not) during the two years preceding the date on which you ceased to carry out these duties.

Does this prohibition prevent you from acting as an enterprise or organization lobbyist at the end of your mandate?
No. This prohibition only applies to the activities of a consultant lobbyist. On the other hand, if you engage in enterprise or organization lobbying activities, you must do so in compliance with the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act and with the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.