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RevolvingDoorWatch is a database of commissioners, MEPs and officials who have gone through the revolving door into lobby or industry jobs. Lobbyists who have taken jobs with the EU institutions are also featured. These cases raise big questions about whether the EU institutions are robust enough in recognising and acting upon the risk of conflicts of interest. Contact us if you have info about new cases. And please consider making a donation for this campaign.

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Name Policy area Former employer New employer Datesort ascending Entry status
Herman Van Rompuy
Belgium
Business/Industry European Council, President TomorrowLab Advisory Board, Chairman Jan 2015 (new)
Janez Potočnik
Slovenia
Environment European Commission, Commissioner for the environment UN international resource panel + Forum for the future of agriculture, Chairman Dec 2014 (new)
Algirdas Šemeta
Lithuania
Business/Industry European Commission, Commissioner for taxation and customs union, audit and anti-fraud Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Initiative , Ukrainian Business Ombudsman Dec 2014 (new)
Martin Callanan
UK
Environment European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 15 years) Symphony Environmental Technologies, Consultant Nov 2014 (new)
José Manuel Barroso
Portugal
General European Commission, President (for 10 years) Various, including Speakers Bureau, Nov 2014 (updated)
Edgar Meister
Germany
Finance DWS Investment (investment branch of Deutsche Bank), Member of the supervisory board European Central Bank, Member of the Administrative Board of Review Nov 2014 (new)
Viviane Reding
Luxembourg
General European Commission, Commissioner for Justice Nyrstar, Bertelsmann Foundation and Agfa-Gevaert, Member of board Nov 2014 (updated)
Michał Kamiński
Poland
General European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 8 years) Prism Group, Partner Oct 2014 (new)
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Denmark
Security North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Secretary General Rasmussen Global, Consultant Oct 2014 (new)
Emilie Turunen
Denmark
Finance European Parliament, Member of European parliament (for 5 years) Nykredit, Head of public affairs Sep 2014 (new)
Fiona Hall
UK
Energy/Climate European parliament, Member of European parliament (for 10 years) Rockwool International A/S (Hall's major consultancy client), Senior policy advisor to its energy efficiency team Sep 2014 (new)
Sharon Bowles
UK
Finance European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 9 years) London Stock Exchange Group plc, Non-executive director Aug 2014 (new)
Arlene McCarthy
UK
General European parliament, Member of European parliament (for 20 years) Sovereign Strategy, Deputy chair for European strategy Jul 2014 (updated)
Corien Wortmann-Kool
Netherlands
Finance European parliament, Member of European parliament (for 10 years) Aegon NV + ABP, Supervisory board member May 2014 (updated)
Elizabeth Kuiper
Netherlands
Health/Medicines Permanent representation to the Netherlands, Attaché on health, pharmaceuticals and medical devices European federation of pharmaceutical industries and associations (EFPIA) , Director of European affairs May 2014
Hervé Jouanjean
France
General European commission, DG budget, Director-general Fidal, Of counsel May 2014
Per Hellström
Sweden
IT European commission, DG competition, Head of mergers for environment and energy Apple Benelux BV, Senior Director Government and Regulatory Affairs, Competition Law and Policy in the EMEIA region Feb 2014
Peter Faross
Germany
General DG Energy, Acting deputy director general UEAPME (Union Européenne de l’Artisanat et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) , Secretary-general Jan 2014
Christian Thimann
Germany
Finance European Central Bank, Counsellor to the President Group Head of Strategy & Public Affairs + member of AXA’s Executive Committee , AXA Jan 2014
Joao Pacheco
Portugal
Agriculture European commission, DG agriculture, Deputy director-general Allen F Johnson & Associates + President of JSPacheco-International Consulting, Director of european markets Oct 2013
Serge Abou
France
Business/Industry DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), EU Ambassador to China Huawei, Adviser Jul 2013
Stefano Marino
Italy
Health/Medicines Sigma-Tau, Director of corporate legal and intellectual property European medicines agency,  Head of legal department Jun 2013
Fanny-Pomme Langue
France
Energy/Climate DG Energy, Policy Officer European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), Policy Director Jan 2013
Jörgen Holmquist
Sweden
Finance DG Internal Market and Services (MARKT), Director General DG MARKT Interel, “Senior advisory role” in financial services practice Oct 2012
Martin Bresson
Denmark
Finance Permanent Representation of Denmark, Counsellor on financial services during the Danish Presidency of the EU Fleishman-Hillard, Senior Policy Adviser to the financial services practice Sep 2012
Eddy Wymeersch
Belgium
Finance Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) , Chairman Non‐executive director and senior advisor , Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) Sep 2012
Vincenzo Salvatore
Italy
Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency, Head of Legal Service Sidley Austin LLP, Senior Counsel (European life sciences regulatory practice) Jun 2012
Harald Boerekamp
Netherlands
Development DG-ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection), Administrator (contract agent) Interel European Affairs, Senior consultant May 2012
Xavier Luria
Spain
Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency, Head of Sector Safety and Efficacy of Medicines 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 Mar 2012
Jean De Ruyt
Belgium
General Belgium Permanent Representation to the EU, Permanent Representative + Chair of the Committee of Perm Reps, 2010 Belgian Presidency of the Council Covington & Burling LLP, Senior European policy advisor Jan 2012
Tibor Kiss
Hungary
General Hungary Permanent Representation to the EU, Ambassador and Permanent Representative PA Europe, Senior Political Adviser Nov 2011
Gayle Kimberley
Malta
Tobacco European Council, Lawyer Swedish Match, Lobbyist Nov 2011
Johan Gabrielsson
Sweden
Tobacco DG Enlargement, Project Manager - EU Policies Swedish Match, Public Affairs Director Oct 2011
Ivan Rogers
Britain
Finance Barclays Capital, Head of the Public Sector Industry Group, UK and Ireland 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) Oct 2011
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 MHP Communications, Brussels, Director Sep 2011
David Carlander
Sweden
Food European Food Safety Authority, Scientific Officer working on guidance for assessing risk of nanotechnology in food Nanotechnology Industries Association, Director of Advocacy Sep 2011
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) G+ Europe (lobby consultancy), Associate Sep 2011
Mårten Westrup
Sweden
Energy/Climate BusinessEurope, Adviser - Industrial Affairs Committee (climate change) DG Energy, Energy policy & monitoring of electricity, gas, coal and oil markets Jun 2011
Isabel Ortiz
Spain
Food DG Enterprise and Industry, Policy Officer, Food Industry Unit (for 3 years) FoodDrinkEurope (Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU), Director of Consumer Information, Diet and Health Mar 2011
Pablo Asbo
Argentina
Competition DG Competition (for 6 years), Case-handler Avisa Partners , Associate director on competition Mar 2011
Bruno Dethomas
France
Foreign affairs DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), Head of Eastern Partnership Taskforce G+ Europe (lobby consultancy), Independent associate Mar 2011
Thomas Lönngren
Sweden
Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency (for 10 years), Executive Director Pharma Executive Consulting Ltd + NDA Group, Strategic adviser Jan 2011
Eline Post
Netherlands
Competition DG Competition, Case handler (since 2005) Avisa Partners, Senior consultant on competition Dec 2010
John Bruton
Ireland
Foreign affairs DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), EU Ambassador to the US (for 5 years) Cabinet DN (lobby consultancy) + others, Senior adviser Dec 2010
Poppy Kalesi
Greece
Energy/Climate DG Energy, Programme manager Statoil, EU Regulatory Affairs Advisor (then Senior Consultant, Innovation Strategy) Sep 2010
Joe Borg
Malta
Maritime affairs European Commission, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries Fipra, Special advisor Aug 2010
Louis Michel
Belgium
Finance European Commission, Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid Credimo, Board member Jun 2010
Laura Smillie
not known
Food European Food Information Council (for 5 years), Communications manager European Food Safety Authority, Communications directorate May 2010
Meglena Kuneva
Bulgaria
Finance European Commission, Commissioner for consumer protection BNP Paribas, Non-executive member of the board May 2010
Günter Verheugen
Germany
General European Commission, Commissioner for enterprise and industry European Experience Company + roles at RBS Germany, FleishmanHillard and others, Non-executive managing director (unpaid) and 50 per cent shareholder Apr 2010

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