Un tiers des commissaires (9 sur 26) dont le mandat s’est achevé en 2014 ont poussé une « porte tournante » et exercent aujourd’hui des rôles au sein d’entreprises ou d’autres organisations reliées aux grandes entreprises, faisant craindre une relation malsaine entre l’organe exécutif de l’Union européenne et les intérêts privés. Selon nous, au moins huit activités exercées par quatre anciens commissaires illustrent le phénomène des portes tournantes et n’auraient en aucun cas dû être autorisées, au vu du risque possible de conflits d’intérêts. Report also available in English.
One in three (9 out of 26) outgoing commissioners who left office in 2014 have gone through the 'revolving door' into roles in corporations or other organisations with links to big business, leading to fears of an unhealthily close relationship between the EU's executive body and private interests. In our view, at least eight revolving door roles, held by four commissioners, should not have received authorisation at all, due to the risk of possible conflicts of interest. Report also available in French.
The European Commission’s shocking leaked proposal for ”better regulation” would create pro-business bureaucratic mechanisms to prevent new laws - from regulating chemicals to preventing climate change - that could hurt the bottom line of corporations. Add TTIP and its 'regulatory co-operation' and US companies get in on the act too, with extra privileges.
There is a major controversy running in the Czech Republic right now over who will become the country's candidate for the next European Commission. One of two candidates who have a chance is Pavel Telička. Telička is also the lead candidate for the European Parliament elections for the ANO Movement, the party of billionaire business tycoon Andrej Babis (often referred to as the Czech Berlusconi). Telička's candidacy has been criticised by other parties because he is a lobbyist. The country's Prime Minister Sobotka (of the social democratic ČSSD) has warned “this could be perceived as a strong conflict of interest”.
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