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Parliamentary questions
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16 January 2017
Question for written answer E-000194-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Virginie Rozière (S&D)

 Subject:  Barroso and Commissioners' ethics
 Answer in writing 

On 8 July 2016 we learned that the former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, had accepted the position of non-executive chair and advisor at the Goldman Sachs investment bank. In the wake of the bank’s involvement in the subprime and Greek debt crises, voices were raised in protest, in particular in the form of a petition launched by a group of staff members of the European institutions, which garnered over 150 000 signatures.

In addition to an in-depth review of the code of conduct, the petition calls for the matter to be referred to the Court of Justice under Article 245 TFEU. Now, following a decision by the Ethics Committee which people will find hard to understand, the Court’s opinion seems more necessary than ever.

1. Does the Commission intend to follow up the petition and finally involve the Court so that justice may play its part, as laid down in the Treaties?

2. In November, Jean-Claude Juncker announced that there would be a review of the code of conduct. When will this take place, and what measures will be adopted?

Original language of question: FR 
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