Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

Revolving doors

Read about people who've gone through the revolving door

The revolving door is one of the most important ways in which lobbyists can influence the political agenda in Brussels. When senior European decision-makers - Commissioners, MEPs, officials - leave office and go straight into lobby jobs, or when lobbyists join the EU institutions, the risk of significant conflicts of interest is great, undermining democratic, public-interest decision-making. CEO is working with the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) to challenge the revolving door and to demand that it is effectively regulated.

PRESS RELEASE BY ALTER-EU COALITION

European commissioners have been reminded of the need to avoid conflicts of interest which undermine public trust in EU policy-making, as they near the end of their term in office.

MEPs on the Budgetary Control committee of the European Parliament will today grill Catherine Day, Commission Secretary-General, [4] about revolving doors and the urgent need to reform both the commissioners' code of conduct and the ethical committee which applies the code.

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