European Union Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly on Tuesday launched an extensive inquiry into “revolving doors” among European Commission workers who have made the leap into the private sector.
Specifically, the facility will investigate one hundred cases where the community leader has given senior and middle managers permission to make the leap to other sectors or given leave of absence to take up other work.
The investigation will include a total of 14 Directorates-General, in addition to all the Commissioners’ offices, the Commission’s Legal Service, the General Secretariat, the Internal Reflection Group and the Regulatory Review Committee. As O’Reilly reported in a statement, the scope of the investigation is aimed at knowing how such decisions are made in the Commission’s services.
“Sound management of revolving doors is important to maintain confidence in the EU institutions. Any perception that the rules are not being applied correctly raises the question of whether the EU administration is acting in the public interest,” said the Irish journalist .
The revolving door problem has drawn the Ombudsman for the past several years, a problem with a “potentially corrosive effect” that O’Reilly believes is underestimated. “The EU administration should be more aware of the public impression it makes when people with regulatory expertise jump into the private sector, where their knowledge and networks can have significant economic value. That understanding still exists Not.”
The investigation initiated by the institution includes the investigation of the former director of the European Defense Agency (EDA, its abbreviation in English), the Spaniard Jorge Domecq, who is investigating his move to European manufacturer Airbus as a possible case of “revolving doors”.