EU conflict of interest rewrite fails to impress NGOs

Publication date: 
Sunday, January 16, 2011
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The European Union's executive branch plans to revamp its conflict of interest rules for former top officials who take up plum private sector jobs but it failed to impress anti-corruption watchdogs.


The proposals submitted to the European Parliament failed to impress the anti-corruption group ALTER-EU, which called them "half-measures" that will "not end revolving doors scandals around former EU commissioners". The notification period should be extended to three years, the same period during which chief former commissioners still get part of their salaries from Brussels to help them ease back into the private sector.