The Association of Professionals of Institutional Relations or ASOCIACIÓN DE PROFESIONALES DE LAS RELACIONES INSTITUCIONALES (APRI) in Spanish was founded on March 6th, 2008 with the aim of filling the void of the representation and partnering professionals in the institutional relations and public affairs sector in Spain.
APRI is a non-profit association at a national level with no political affiliations. We unite and represent every individual and/or legal entity who is professionally connected to institutional relations, public affairs or lobbying. In this way, the task is transferring legitimate interests to the public administrations, in particular to the legislative and executive powers at a regional, national and European level.
APRI has more than 100 members comprised of professionals and companies, who all stand for the normalization of institutional relations through the creation of a register of interest groups, similar to the already established Transparency Register of the European Parliament and Commission.
An association that is committed to the professionalization of lobby-related activities with a transparent and ethical practice.
Since the beginning, APRI has understood professionalization, transparency and ethics as important elements in order to carry out this profession.
Due to the need to professionalize the performance of collectives and companies for the institutions that face growing complexities of the legislative procedure, wherein legislation is drafted at various levels (community, national, regional and even local).
Since its beginnings, APRI has understood, the importance of transparency in order to carry out this profession. The public life implications of the work of lobbyists or institutional relations and public affairs professionals require high standards of transparency in the development of relations with the state administration, as well as with other stakeholders.
Given the need of performing the profession ethically and with integrity, APRI has launched the self-regulation of the sector through the composition of an internal Code of Conduct that is signed by all its members, and a proposal to regulate the profession based on the creation of a register of interest groups of the main public institutions.