Answer given by Mr Prodi on behalf of the Commission
The Commission would refer to the answer it recently gave to Written Question E-1370/03 by Ms Patricia McKenna(1) on the same subject.
As was explained in that answer, the status of member of the Bilderberg Club is not defined by the statutes of the Club and occasional attendance at one or other meeting does not mean that a person can be deemed to be a member of the Club, nor does it warrant a reference in the declaration of interests provided for by the Code of Conduct for Commissioners.
Moreover, no Commissioner is a member of the Trilateral Commission, whose statutes exclude persons holding public office from membership.
With regard to the last paragraph, which raises the question of a possible conflict of interest, it should be pointed out that this is not the case as occasional attendance at meetings of outside bodies does not imply that the person concerned shares their objectives or takes part in their decision-making processes.