Alter-EU says the commission's ad hoc ethical committee "must be fully independent" and composed of experts on public administration ethics, such as academics and national government ethics regulators.
The group also says the committee should "actively scrutinise possible" conflicts of interest, including making contact with the planned employer and taking other proactive steps. It says, "Decisions should be available online and be searchable, sortable and downloadable. We would also like to point out that the conflicts of interest rules for commission staff also have several shortcomings that create 'revolving door' problems. We would therefore recommend that you also review the staff regulations."
[Furthermore it calls for] introducing a cooling-off period with a clear ban on commission staff moving into jobs that involve lobbying or lobbying advice would be a "logical step" forward.