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EU Commission dismisses Ombudsman “revolving doors” report- Lynn Boylan MEP

6 February, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has sharply criticised the EU Commission response to the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly’s enquiry into revolving door practices.

 Speaking from Dublin this morning Ms Boylan said:

“The EU Commission is yet again displaying its arrogance, similar to its half-hearted attempts to bring transparency to the lobbying industry, the Commission has stated it will only consider the Ombudsman’s recommendations, despite a finding of “systematic maladministration”.

 Juncker as president of the Commission is picking up where Barroso left off. We all remember the public outcry when the Barroso led Commission left office and six out of its thirteen departing commissioners went almost instantly into the corporate sector or lobby jobs, disregarding the possible conflict of interest.

A prime example of this is Charlie McCreevy, who epitomised the problem, when he left his role as commissioner for the internal market and sought to join the board of an investment bank, bringing with him his wealth of experience from his role in liberalising the financial sector.

 It appears there has been no lessons learned from the Barroso era. Emily O’Reilly’s recommendation the Commission should publish online decisions to approve requests to work outside the Commission for senior officials. A year on from the implementation of new staff guidelines and the Commission is still considering its position.

 The pledge made by Juncker to introduce more transparency to the workings of the Commission has already fallen flat only 100 days in.”


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