South Asia Democratic Forum

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Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.1 Fte (1)

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Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    South Asia Democratic Forum   (SADF)

    EU Transparency Register

    92070807286-46 First registered on 29 Nov 2011

    Goals / Remit

    “The South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) is a Brussels-based think tank devoted to South Asia and its relationship with the European Union (EU) in the context of a global, changing world.” The organisation aims to promote relations between the European Union and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as well as other cooperation spheres that sometimes go beyond the Indian subcontinent. “Our work is organised through two research programmes, one on democracy and the other on regional cooperation. SADF organises high-level contacts, stimulates studies and evaluations, designs and disseminates research methods and concepts, combines networks and supports; it brings together people, private and public institutions, that can contribute to Europe-South Asia related cooperation and understanding.” (

    Main EU files targeted

    Due to its focus on South Asia, SADF has a particular interest in all EU files related to the region and to the countries it comprises, namely Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives.

    SADF has been interested in the various strategic documents adopted by the EU in terms of its multilateral relations with the Asian and South Asian region, notably the EU- Asia Connectivity Strategy (“Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy”, Joint Communication by the European Commission to the European Parliament, the Council,the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, 19.09.2018), the EU Strategy on Central Asia (“The EU and Central Asia: New Opportunities for a Stronger Partnership”, Joint Communication by the High Representative and the European Commission, 15.05.2019) and the EU- Japan Connectivity Partnership

    Moreover, in the past years the SADF has closely followed the adoption of various bilateral cooperation agreements between the EU and South Asian countries, such as the EU Strategy on India (Joint Communication of the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, 20.11.2018), the EU-India Agenda for Action 2020 adopted jointly at the 2016 EU-India Summit of 16 March 2016, the European Parliament non-legislative resolution of 13 March 2019 regarding the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (15093/2016 – C8-0107/2018 – 2015/0302M(NLE)), the EU Country Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in Afghanistan 2018-2020 of 26 August 2018, as well as Sri Lanka’s integration into the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) of the EU in May 2017. SADF has also actively followed the Midterm Evaluation of Pakistan’s GSP+ Status in 2018 and submitted a report in the framework of a press conference on ‘The ‘Preferences’ of Trade (GSP+)’ hosted by Mr Fulvio Martusciello, MEP on 30 January 2018.

    Moreover, the organisation closely monitored the various urgency resolutions adopted by the European Parliament in the past year concerning its countries of interest, for instance the Resolution of 19 September 2019 on Myanmar, notably the situation of the Rohingya (2019/2822(RSP)), the Resolution of 15 November 2018 on the human rights situation in Bangladesh (2018/2927(RSP)) or the Resolution of 14 June 2018 on the situation of Rohingya refugees, in particular the plight of children (2018/2756(RSP)).


    Head Office
    Avenue des Arts, 19
    Brussels 1210
    EU Office
    Avenue des Arts, 19
    Brussels 1210


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 16 Jul 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Silvia MAYR 09 Oct 2019 09 Oct 2020
    Mr Albino COSTA BRAS 12 Sep 2019 01 Oct 2020
    Ms Susan GUARDA 12 Feb 2019 12 Feb 2020
    Mr Siegfried WOLF 29 Jan 2019 29 Jan 2020
    Mr Stephan LAMPE 04 Aug 2018 01 Sep 2019
    Ms Susan GUARDA 28 Mar 2018 12 Feb 2019
    Ms Kendra PENGELLY 06 Oct 2017 25 Mar 2018
    Mr Stephan LAMPE 04 Aug 2017 03 Aug 2018
    Mr Siegfried WOLF 27 Jul 2017 26 Jul 2018
    Ms Nora Babalová 05 May 2017 04 May 2018
    Ms LAURA BERLINGOZZI 20 Mar 2017 07 Mar 2018
    Laura Masson Quartel da Silva 10 Oct 2016 21 Mar 2017
    Ms Nora Babalová 10 Oct 2016 05 Apr 2017
    Ms Sarah De Geest 10 Oct 2016 05 Oct 2017
    Laura Masson Quartel da Silva 22 Sep 2015 17 Sep 2016
    Ms LAURA BERLINGOZZI 15 Mar 2016 12 Mar 2017
    Laura Masson Quartel da Silva 22 Sep 2015 13 Sep 2016
    Laura Masson Quartel da Silva 02 Oct 2014 22 Sep 2015
    Laura Masson Quartel da Silva 17 Oct 2013 02 Oct 2014
    Mr Djan Sauerborn 20 Aug 2013 19 Aug 2014
    António MARQUES DA CRUZ VIEIRA 28 Mar 2013 17 Oct 2013
    Ms Cátia Medeiros Rodrigues 25 Jan 2013 24 Dec 2013
    Ms Ekaterina Chirkova 09 Nov 2012 08 Nov 2013
    António MARQUES DA CRUZ VIEIRA 07 Mar 2012 08 Feb 2013

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Think tanks and research institutions

  • Networking


    SADF is an independent organisation

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Public financing, Grants

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution AM BAT 14,050€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    SADF regularly organises events (, roundtables, webinars and conferences related to its mission to “organise high-level contacts, stimulate studies and evaluations, design and disseminate research methods and concepts, combine networks and support and bring together people, private and public institutions” around the topic of South Asia. Some of these events are held at the European Parliament, as has been the case for SADF’s Annual Conferences, the last of which was held on 16 October 2019 on the topic of ‘South Asia facing terrorism’ (, or the conference on EU- India relations organised jointly with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Global India European Training Network on 12 March 2019 (
    At the same time, SADF has been invited to attend or take part in various events organised by other actors at the European Parliament, for instance the panel on the ‘Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh’ held on 15 October 2019 ( or the annual Diwali celebrations (
    Furthermore, SADF regularly produces research and publications ( which are disseminated through its communication channels and occasionally submitted to the European Parliament Research Service. The latest and most relevant of these is the above-mentioned book (( by SADF’s director of research Dr Siegfried O. Wolf.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    None declared

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