Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The current Code of Conduct for Commissioners contains only a short eight-sentence paragraph on the important issue of conflicts of interest. The revolving doors cases that emerged earlier this year show that the rules need to be clearer and more detailed. ALTER-EU recommends extending the notification period from one to three years and introducing far stricter scrutiny of potential conflicts of interest for the jobs and activities referred by ex-Commissioners. This would create a three-year cooling-off period and constitute effective safeguards against conflicts of interest.
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