Dear Secretariat General (SG),
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
- All decisions/opinions by the Ad hoc Ethical Committee in 2011 about former Commissioners taking up new occupation.
- All memorandums and other communication from the European Commission President to the Commission about former Commissioners taking up new occupation in 2011.
Charlie McCreevy took up several new occupations in 2011 before his eighteen month notification period expired (for instance WorldSpreads in June 2011, Sports Direct and BNY Mellon earlier in the year) and this might be the case for other former Commissioners too. I was under the impression that decisions about former Commissioners taking up new occupation would be published online from April 2011 onwards as part of the new Commission's approach following the revision of the Code of Conduct. This promise of pro-active transparency unfortunately does not seem to be implemented yet, hence this request.
Dear Mr. Hoedeman,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 02/12/2011, registered on 02/12/2011 (Ref.Gestdem 2011/6140).
I hereby acknowledge receipt of your request for access to documents.
In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, you will receive a response to your request within 15 working days.
Reference: GESTDEM 2011/6140
Dear Mr Hoedeman,
Please find attached a reply from Mr Hubert Szlaszewski regarding your
request for access to all opinions delivered by the Ad hoc Ethical
Committee in 2011 about post-Commission office occupations of former
Commissioners as well as to all memoranda and communications from the
President of the Commission to the College on the same subject.
Donatienne Claeys Boùùaert
Head of Unit
Unit B4 "Public Service Ethics"