Corporate Europe Observatory

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RevolvingDoorWatch provides information on Commissioners, MEPs, officials who have gone through the revolving door into lobby or industry jobs. Lobbyists who have gone through the revolving door into jobs with the EU institutions are also featured. These cases raise significant questions about whether the EU institutions are robust enough in implementing revolving door rules and in recognising and acting upon the risk of conflicts of interest.

The EU institutions are not transparent about revolving doors, nor do they pro-actively publish information about how they monitor the revolving door. Corporate Europe Observatory will keep this web page updated as we identify new cases or receive information about existing cases. Contact if you have information about revolving door cases.

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RevolvingDoorWatch cases

Find out more about people who've taken a spin through the revolving door, and how the Commission failed to regulate the potential conflicts of interest. Try clicking on the column titles to sort by "Policy Area", "Nationality" etc.
Name Nationality Policy area Former employer Datesort ascending New employer
Christian Thimann (new) Germany Finance European Central Bank, Counsellor to the President Jan 2014 Group Head of Strategy & Public Affairs + member of AXA’s Executive Committee , AXA More info
Louis Michel (new) Belgium Finance European Commission, Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid Jan 2014 Credimo, Board member More info
Gayle Kimberley (new) Malta Tobacco European Council, Lawyer Jan 2014 Swedish Match, Lobbyist More info
Serge Abou (updated) France Business/Industry DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), EU Ambassador to China Jul 2013 Huawei, Adviser More info
Fanny-Pomme Langue France Energy/Climate DG Energy, Policy Officer Jan 2013 European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), Policy Director More info
Jörgen Holmquist Sweden Finance DG Internal Market and Services (MARKT), Director General DG MARKT Oct 2012 Interel, “Senior advisory role” in financial services practice More info
Eddy Wymeersch Belgium Finance Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) , Chairman Sep 2012 Non‐executive director and senior advisor , Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) More info
Martin Bresson Denmark Finance Permanent Representation of Denmark, Counsellor on financial services during the Danish Presidency of the EU Sep 2012 Fleishman-Hillard, Senior Policy Adviser to the financial services practice More info
Vincenzo Salvatore Italy Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency, Head of Legal Service Jun 2012 Sidley Austin LLP, Senior Counsel (European life sciences regulatory practice) More info
Harald Boerekamp Netherlands Development DG-ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection), Administrator (contract agent) May 2012 Interel European Affairs, Senior consultant More info
Xavier Luria Spain Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency, Head of Sector Safety and Efficacy of Medicines Mar 2012 Self-employed. Consultant/ Freelance for: Trial Form Support, NDA Partners, Oryzon, Kinesys Consulting Ltd. Other activities for: Univerity California San Francisco, IESE Business School of the University of Navarra, ASINFARMA, Andorra Ministry of Health, Consultant More info
Jean De Ruyt (updated) Belgium General Belgium Permanent Representation to the EU, Permanent Representative + Chair of the Committee of Perm Reps, 2010 Belgian Presidency of the Council Jan 2012 Covington & Burling LLP, Senior European policy advisor More info
Tibor Kiss Hungary General Hungary Permanent Representation to the EU, Ambassador and Permanent Representative Nov 2011 PA Europe, Senior Political Adviser More info
Ivan Rogers (updated) Britain Finance Barclays Capital, Head of the Public Sector Industry Group, UK and Ireland Oct 2011 UK Government, UK Permanent Representative to the European Union (from Nov 2013); previously Prime Minister's Adviser on Europe and Global Issues (to Nov 2013) More info
Johan Gabrielsson Sweden Tobacco DG Enlargement, Project Manager - EU Policies Oct 2011 Swedish Match, Public Affairs Director More info
Parvez Khan Britain Finance UK Permanent Representation in Brussels (for 2 years), Financial attaché (on loan from UK Financial Services Authority where he worked for 5 years) Sep 2011 G+ Europe (lobby consultancy), Associate More info
Darren Ennis Ireland Foreign affairs European External Action Service, Media and Strategic Communications adviser to Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Sep 2011 MHP Communications, Brussels, Director More info
David Carlander Sweden Food European Food Safety Authority, Scientific Officer working on guidance for assessing risk of nanotechnology in food Sep 2011 Nanotechnology Industries Association, Director of Advocacy More info
Mårten Westrup Sweden Energy/Climate BusinessEurope, Adviser - Industrial Affairs Committee (climate change) Jun 2011 DG Energy, Energy policy & monitoring of electricity, gas, coal and oil markets More info
Pablo Asbo Argentina Competition DG Competition (for 6 years), Case-handler Mar 2011 Avisa Partners , Associate director on competition More info
Bruno Dethomas France Foreign affairs DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), Head of Eastern Partnership Taskforce Mar 2011 G+ Europe (lobby consultancy), Independent associate More info
Isabel Ortiz Spain Food DG Enterprise and Industry, Policy Officer, Food Industry Unit (for 3 years) Mar 2011 FoodDrinkEurope (Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU), Director of Consumer Information, Diet and Health More info
Thomas Lönngren Sweden Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency (for 10 years), Executive Director Jan 2011 Pharma Executive Consulting Ltd + NDA Group, Strategic adviser More info
John Bruton Ireland Foreign affairs DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), EU Ambassador to the US (for 5 years) Dec 2010 Cabinet DN (lobby consultancy) + others, Senior adviser More info
Eline Post Netherlands Competition DG Competition, Case handler (since 2005) Dec 2010 Avisa Partners, Senior consultant on competition More info
Poppy Kalesi Greece Energy/Climate DG Energy, Programme manager Sep 2010 Statoil, EU Regulatory Affairs Advisor (then Senior Consultant, Innovation Strategy) More info
Joe Borg (new) Malta Maritime affairs European Commission, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries Aug 2010 Fipra, Special advisor More info
Laura Smillie Food European Food Information Council (for 5 years), Communications manager May 2010 European Food Safety Authority, Communications directorate More info
Meglena Kuneva (new) Bulgaria Finance European Commission, Commissioner for consumer protection May 2010 BNP Paribas, Non-executive member of the board More info
Petra Erler Germany Business/Industry DG Enterprise, Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Verheugen (for 4 years) Apr 2010 European Experience Company, Managing Director More info
Günter Verheugen (new) Germany General European Commission, Commissioner for enterprise and industry Apr 2010 European Experience Company + roles at RBS Germany, FleishmanHillard and others, Non-executive managing director (unpaid) and 50 per cent shareholder More info
David Harley Britain General European Parliament (since 1975), Deputy Secretary-General and Director-General of the Presidency Apr 2010 Burson-Marsteller Brussels, Senior Adviser and now co-Chairman More info
Charlie McCreevy (new) Ireland Finance European Commission, Commissioner for internal market and services Mar 2010 Ryanair, BNY Mellon, Sentenial and others, Non-executive director More info
Mogens Peter Carl Denmark Environment DG Environment, Director-General Feb 2010 Kreab Gavin Anderson (lobby consultancy), Senior Adviser More info
Benita Ferrero-Waldner (new) Austria General European Commission, Commissioner for external relations and then trade Feb 2010 Munich Re, Gamesa Corporación Technologica, Alpine Holding, Supervisory board member More info
Gary Titley (new) UK General European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 20 years) Jan 2010 Hume Brophy, Senior consultant More info
Mårten Westrup Sweden Energy/Climate DG Enterprise (for 27 months), Policy officer and Legal officer Dec 2009 BusinessEurope, Adviser - Industrial Affairs Committee (climate change) More info
Erika Mann (updated) Germany IT European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 10 years) Dec 2009 Computer and Communications Industry Association, and now Facebook, Executive Vice President More info
Jean-Philippe Monod de Froideville Netherlands Competition DG Competition, Personal adviser to Commissioner Neelie Kroes (for 2 years) Nov 2009 Interel (lobby consultancy), Associate director for competition More info
Derek Taylor Britain Energy/Climate DG Transport and Energy, Energy adviser Aug 2009 Burson-Marsteller (lobby consultancy) + others, Adviser on energy issues More info
Glyn Ford (new) UK Foreign affairs European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 25 years) Jul 2009 G+ and Polint Ltd, Senior Adviser More info
Piia-Noora Kauppi (new) Finland Finance European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 9 years) Jan 2009 Federation of Finnish Financial Services (+ now Chair of European Banking Federation), Managing director More info
Magnus Ovilius Sweden Security DG Justice, Freedom and Security, Head of Sector, Preparedness and Crisis Management Dec 2008 Smiths Group, Senior Vice President Government Relations More info
Marcus Lippold Energy/Climate ExxonMobil, Various since 1992 Oct 2008 DG Energy, International relations officer More info
John Richardson Britain Maritime affairs DG Maritime Affairs (for 35 years), Head of maritime policy taskforce Sep 2008 Fipra (lobby consultancy), Special adviser - maritime policy and diplomacy More info
Suzy Renckens Belgium Food European Food Safety Authority, Head of GMO unit (for 5 years) May 2008 Syngenta, Regional Manager for Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs More info
Michel Petite (updated) France Legal Service - European Commission, Director-General (for 6 years) Jan 2008 Clifford Chance, Of Counsel More info
Luc Werring Netherlands Energy/Climate DG Transport and Energy (for 23 years), Principal adviser to the Director-General Dec 2007 Hill & Knowlton (lobby consultancy), Senior adviser on transport, energy and environment More info
John Purvis (new) UK Finance European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 15 years) cabinet DN, Senior advisor and chairman of Financial Future More info
Karin Riis-Jørgensen (new) Denmark Tobacco European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 15 years) Kreab Gavin Anderson, Senior advisor More info

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