Corporate Europe Observatory has written to the EU Health and Consumer Commissioner John Dalli to urge him to overhaul the rules relating to conflicts of interest on the management board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The letter follows CEO's report which highlighted how four members of EFSA's management board have links to the food industry or related lobby groups. EFSA defended the management board members, saying representatives were required according to EFSA founding regulations.
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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) last week highlighted in a report that at least four members of EFSA’s management board are employed by or otherwise linked with food industry lobby groups and other commercial interests, a situation that creates potential conflicts of interest.
Corporate Europe Observatory has written an open letter to the Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard raising concerns about the suggestions put forward in a report commissioned from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development on the role of business in the UN climate talks.
Read the full text of the letter and the Commission's response here:
Indian and European civil society groups call for an immediate halt to the India-EU trade negotiations
If you or your organisation want to sign this letter, please send your endorsement to: barbara[at]wide-network.org
We, signatories to this letter, are deeply concerned that the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) will fuel poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, and call for an immediate halt to the disastrous trade talks.
Günter Verheugen is one of the six Commissioners from the previous Commission team who have moved into private sector jobs which might entail conflicts of interest (out of 13 Commissioners that left in February 2010). Many of these cases, such as Charlie McCreevy’s move to RyanAir and Meglena Kuneva’s move to BNP Paribas, give serious cause for concern. By launching his own lobby consultancy, Verheugen is blatantly violating the rules.
CEO has written to the Commission's Secretary-General to question the Commission's decision to allow Mogens Peter Carl (former director General at DG Environment) to become a lobbyist at Kreab Gavin Anderson (KGA), only months after retiring from the Commission.
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.