Commission code of conduct: MEPs to call for detailed declarations of interest
The European Commission should revise its code of conduct for Commissioners to ensure that their declarations of interests give a complete picture of the financial situation and activities of a Commissioner and his/her family, MEPs are set to say in a debate on Wednesday. They will vote on a resolution on Thursday.
MEPs are likely to welcome a recent statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on prolonging the “cooling off” period before ex-Commissioners may take private sector jobs in their areas of expertise from 18 to 24 months, and even 36 months for the Commission President. The proposal is in line with Parliament’s recommendation.
They will call however for a bigger role for Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee in analysing the declarations of financial interests.
Clearance from this committee on the absence of any conflict of interest should be a precondition for holding the hearing of a Commissioner-designate by the committee responsible for his/her future portfolio, says the draft resolution.
Procedure: non-legislative resolution
Debate: Wednesday, 30 November
Vote: Thursday, 1 December
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