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Revolving door complaint to Ombudsman

Complaint filed to the European Ombudsman against the European Commission, for failing to curb the revolving door through proper implementation of the EU Staff Regulations. Submitted by Corporate Europe Observatory, Greenpeace, Lobbycontrol and Spinwatch.

This complaint concerns the failure of the European Commission to adequately implement the 'revolving door' rules, in order to reduce the risk of conflicts of interest arising. The 'revolving door' is a recognised
phenomenon describing the movement of staff from public sector positions to lobby jobs in the private sector, or vice versa. This process contribues to the corporate capture of the EU.

The inadequate implementation of the rules by the Commission has occurred in a range of different cases which are detailed in the complaint.

 

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Reacting to the Commission’s Ad-hoc Ethical Committee recommendation not to sanction former Commission President Barroso for joining Goldman Sachs International, Corporate Europe Observatory’s transparency campaigner Vicky Cann criticised the weakness of the Code of Conduct for ex-Commissioners and the lack of independence of the advisory committee.

The latest revelations about ‘Steelie’ Neelie Kroes show that, when it comes to ethics and transparency, the Commission is complaisant about conflicts of interest and far too relaxed about the risk of corporate capture.
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CEO's reaction to the the Bahamas leaks, which revealed ex-EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes' offshore links.

In the last years, controversies around the financialisation of nature and the concept of natural capital have fuelled divisions within civil society.

Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today published an open letter urging legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement.

8 November 2016 saw the annual lobby fest between the Commission and BusinessEurope. Lasting for over seven hours, attracting four commissioners and the secretary-general, as well as 26 major corporate interests (who between them spend over €31,789,000 a year on EU lobbying), this is exclusive, privileged access at its most extreme.

New analysis of lobby meetings shows that EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and his colleague Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, have overwhelmingly met corporate lobbyists, rather than public interest groups.

 
 
 
 
 
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The corporate lobby tour