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Parliamentary questions
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4 August 2021
Answer given by Mr Hahn
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002062/2021

The Commission accepted Mr Esteva Mosso’s resignation, which took effect on 1 May 2021. After a thorough examination of his responsibilities in the Directorate-General for Competition, his envisaged occupational activity in Latham & Watkins and any real, potential or perceived conflict with the interests of the Institution, the Commission authorised his new employment, with appropriate restrictions imposed, in line with Article 16 of the Staff Regulations.

In this specific case, restrictions were imposed in relation to lobbying or advocacy, vis-à-vis Commission staff, on matters for which Mr Esteva Mosso was responsible during his last three years in the service, on engaging in professional contact with Commission staff involved in competition matters; on working on pending cases and policy files that fell under his responsibility; and with regard to the acceptance of certain stakeholders with whom he interacted as clients. Mr Esteva Mosso was also reminded of all the other relevant provisions applicable under the Staff Regulations.

The Commission has received information that Latham & Watkins has not been involved — during the period in which the official concerned was Deputy Director-General in charge of state aid — in any of the cases involving state aid to airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. Given this, there were no reasons to diverge, with respect to these cases or the companies from this sector, from the general precautionary measures adopted for the ex-official concerned.

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