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Anderson calls for overhaul of EU ''revolving door rules.''

30 October, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has reiterated calls for a total overhaul of the ''revolving door rules'' for commissioners.

Speaking after a report from Corporate Europe Observatory and Lobby Control reveals that many members of the Barroso II Commission accepted jobs which should have been rejected, Ms Anderson said

"According to the new CEO/ Lobby Control report, 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.

"This leads to fears of an unhealthily close relationship between the EU's executive body and private interests and it is an issue I have been raising for a number of years now.

"The Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised crime intergroup within the European Parliament has called upon President Juncker to ensure an independent evaluation of all post term-of-office activities and to no longer permit Commissioners to go through the revolving door and misuse their former position. For too long former commissioners have been using their knowledge and expertise to line their pockets.

"The revolving door rules need a total overhaul. These changes should include the establishment of a fully independent ethics committee which should be responsible for overseeing all new roles by former commissioners and full transparency on all new roles taken by former commissioners.

"We cannot continue to allow the EU institutions to be open to more ridicule and scandal by failing to introduce clear and cohesive transparency measures.” ENDS

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