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Lynn Boylan MEP rebukes Juncker over Commission revolving door scandals

12 December, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan is one of 25 signatories to a letter urging Commissioner Juncker to put in place enhanced transparency mechanisms to prevent a repeat of the revolving door scandals, which dominated the end of the previous College of Commissioners.

Speaking today about the cross grouping correspondence Ms Boylan said:

“I signed this letter to urge President Juncker to institute further transparency measures aimed at ensuring that there is no repeat of a previous episode, when five out of the thirteen departing commissioners moved into industry jobs likely to include an element of lobbying.

While I acknowledge there have been some positive changes made to the code of conduct for commissioners, enough reforms have not been made. We are asking Commissioner Juncker to implement a number of urgent reforms including;

The notification period for former commissioners should be extended to three years to match the period of time for which ex commissioners are entitled to receive a transitional allowance.  Furthermore the ban on lobbying should be extended to three years and should be widened to include indirect lobbying. Lastly the commission should replace the current ad hoc ethical committee with a professional and fully independent committee.

The Secretary General of the Commission Catherine Day has stated that the commission is committed to ensuring transparency on this matter. We are now calling on the Commission to demonstrate its commitment by publishing its decisions on the steps it is taking to ensure that revolving door rules are strictly adhered to.

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.”

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