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Ombudsman probes Commission conflicts

The European Ombudsman has opened two inquiries into how the European Commission handles potential conflicts of interest among its staff and advisers.

One of the inquiries is into how the Commission deals with former employees who take up roles in the private sector. The EU’s official watchdog received three complaints in two months about the Commission’s compliance with a requirement for its officials to “behave with integrity and discretion” in this regard even after they cease to hold office.

The complaints “contend that the Commission has failed to take sufficient action to ensure that former Commissioners and the former President are complying with their obligations”, the ombudsman wrote in a letter to Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker published on 17 July.

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