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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 or follow #revolvingdoors

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Name Policy area Former employer New employer Datesort ascending Last updated
Carl Haglund
European Parliament + Finnish government, Member of European Parliament (for 3 years) + defence minister Miltton group, Board member Sep 2015 October 1st 2015 (new)
Siim Kallas
General European Commission, European commissioner for transport (previously transparency) Nortal, Consultant May 2015 September 9th 2015 (updated)
Olle Schmidt
Finance European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 13 years) Hume Brophy, Senior consultant Apr 2015 July 23rd 2015 (new)
Jan Eric Frydman
Trade Ekenberg & Andersson (current), Lawyer & partner (current) DG Trade, Special adviser for trade policy and transatlantic affairs Mar 2015 August 17th 2015 (updated)
Neelie Kroes
General European Commission, Commissioner for the digital agenda Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Special adviser Mar 2015 June 3rd 2015 (updated)
Maria Damanaki
Maritime affairs European Commission, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries The Nature Conservancy, Global managing director for oceans Jan 2015 February 11th 2015 (updated)
Herman Van Rompuy
Business/Industry European Council, President TomorrowLab Advisory Board + European Policy Centre, Chairman Jan 2015 July 8th 2015 (updated)
George Lyon
Agriculture European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 5 years) Hume Brophy, Agri-business senior consultant Jan 2015 February 24th 2015 (new)
Ann Mettler
General The Lisbon Council + Global Agenda Council, Executive director + Vice-Chair European Commission, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) Dec 2014 April 21st 2015 (new)
Janez Potočnik
Environment European Commission, Commissioner for the environment Forum for the future of agriculture + others, Chairman Dec 2014 June 3rd 2015 (updated)
Algirdas Šemeta
Business/Industry European Commission, Commissioner for taxation and customs union, audit and anti-fraud Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Initiative , Ukrainian Business Ombudsman Dec 2014 January 19th 2015 (new)
Silvana Koch-Mehrin
Trade European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 10 years) gplus Europe, Senior policy adviser Nov 2014 July 15th 2015 (new)
Viviane Reding
General European Commission, Commissioner for Justice Various, including Bertelsmann Foundation + Agfa-Gevaert, Member of board Nov 2014 July 8th 2015 (updated)
Edgar Meister
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 May 11th 2015
Martin Callanan
Environment European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 15 years) Symphony Environmental Technologies, Consultant Nov 2014 September 22nd 2015 (updated)
José Manuel Barroso
General European Commission, President (for 10 years) Various including European Business Summit + Bilderberg Conferences, Nov 2014 June 10th 2015 (updated)
Graham Watson
General European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 20 years) Bagehot Ltd, Founder and managing director Oct 2014 July 8th 2015 (new)
Holger Krahmer
General European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 10 years) Opel Group, Director European affairs public policy and government relations Oct 2014 July 20th 2015 (new)
Michał Kamiński
General European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 8 years) Prism Group, Partner Oct 2014 May 11th 2015
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Security North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Secretary General Rasmussen Global, Consultant Oct 2014 August 5th 2015 (updated)
Emilie Turunen
Finance European Parliament, Member of European parliament (for 5 years) Nykredit, Head of public affairs Sep 2014 May 11th 2015
Fiona Hall
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 September 22nd 2015 (updated)
Sharon Bowles
Finance European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 9 years) London Stock Exchange Group plc, Non-executive director Aug 2014 May 11th 2015
Nikos Lavranos
Trade Dutch ministry of economic affairs, agriculture & innovation, Senior policy advisor on trade European federation for investment law and arbitration (EFILA), Secretary-general Jul 2014 July 15th 2015 (new)
Brian Simpson
European Parliament, Member of European Parliament (for 23 years) Hume Brophy, Senior consultant Jul 2014 July 23rd 2015 (new)
Arlene McCarthy
General European parliament, Member of European parliament (for 20 years) Sovereign Strategy, Deputy chair for European strategy Jul 2014 June 3rd 2015 (updated)
Elizabeth Kuiper
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 January 15th 2015
Hervé Jouanjean
General European commission, DG budget, Director-general Fidal, Of counsel May 2014 July 7th 2015 (updated)
Corien Wortmann-Kool
Finance European parliament, Member of European parliament (for 10 years) Aegon NV + ABP, Supervisory board member May 2014 May 11th 2015
Per Hellström
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 January 15th 2015
Christian Thimann
Finance European Central Bank, Counsellor to the President Group Head of Strategy & Public Affairs + member of AXA’s Executive Committee , AXA Jan 2014 June 18th 2014
Peter Faross
General DG Energy, Acting deputy director general UEAPME (Union Européenne de l’Artisanat et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) , Secretary-general Jan 2014 January 15th 2015
Joao Pacheco
Agriculture European Commission, DG agriculture, Deputy director-general JSPacheco-International Consulting, Allen F. Johnson Associates, Farm Europe, Various Oct 2013 July 15th 2015 (updated)
Serge Abou
Business/Industry DG External Relations (now European External Action Service), EU Ambassador to China Huawei, Adviser Jul 2013 June 18th 2014
Stefano Marino
Health/Medicines Sigma-Tau, Director of corporate legal and intellectual property European medicines agency,  Head of legal department Jun 2013 January 15th 2015
Fanny-Pomme Langue
Energy/Climate DG Energy, Policy Officer European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), Policy Director Jan 2013 August 18th 2015 (updated)
Jörgen Holmquist
Finance DG Internal Market and Services (MARKT), Director General DG MARKT Interel, “Senior advisory role” in financial services practice Oct 2012 June 18th 2014
Martin Bresson
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 December 3rd 2013
Eddy Wymeersch
Finance Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) , Chairman Non‐executive director and senior advisor , Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) Sep 2012 December 3rd 2013
Vincenzo Salvatore
Health/Medicines European Medicines Agency, Head of Legal Service Sidley Austin LLP, Senior Counsel (European life sciences regulatory practice) Jun 2012 February 27th 2013
Tobias McKenney IT European Commission, DG Internal Market, Policy advisor - copyright unit Google, European intellectual property manager Jun 2012 July 15th 2015 (new)
Harald Boerekamp
Development DG-ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection), Administrator (contract agent) Interel European Affairs, Senior consultant May 2012 February 27th 2013
Xavier Luria
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 August 30th 2013
Jean De Ruyt
Trade 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 July 15th 2015 (updated)
Gayle Kimberley
Tobacco European Council, Lawyer Swedish Match, Lobbyist Nov 2011 January 15th 2015
Tibor Kiss
General Hungary Permanent Representation to the EU, Ambassador and Permanent Representative PA Europe, Senior Political Adviser Nov 2011 February 27th 2013
Johan Gabrielsson
Tobacco DG Enlargement, Project Manager - EU Policies Swedish Match, Public Affairs Director Oct 2011 December 3rd 2013
Ivan Rogers
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 June 18th 2014
David Carlander
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 February 27th 2013
Parvez Khan
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 July 29th 2015



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