Access all areas: When EU politicians become lobbyists

Daniel Freund
12 January, 2017

Please save the date of 31 January 2017 for the launch of Transparency International EU’s upcoming report on revolving doors in the EU Institutions.

Full programme below.

Since 2014 we have seen a series of controversies involving former high-ranking EU officials taking positions in the private sector. The latest was ex-Commission President Barroso’s move to Goldman Sachs. This and other cases have shown how current revolving door rules are inadequate.

In the first of its kind, comprehensive analysis of the career moves between the EU Institutions and other employers, Transparency International EU seeks to shine a light beyond the individual cases and provide a clear picture of the revolving door phenomenon around the EU Institutions.

We have analysed the career paths of 485 former Members of the European Parliament and 27 Commissioners who were in office during the last mandate and have since left the EU Institutions. We will present our findings and compare current EU rules with international best practice from Canada and France.



Presentation of the report to the press

WHEN:                 10.30 – 11.00, Tuesday, 31 January 2017

WHERE:               Passage Room, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


WHEN:                 14.00 – 15.30, Tuesday, 31 January 2017

WHERE:               Polak Room, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Panel discussion on the findings of the report. The participants are: 


Karen E. Shepherd – Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada

Aidan O’Sullivan – Head of Cabinet

European Ombudsman

Emilie Cazenave – Head of research and international partnerships

French Haute-Autorité pour la transparence dans la vie publique (HATVP)

Christophe Speckbacher – Secretariat 

Council of Europe, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)


Daniel Freund – Head of Advocacy EU integrity

Transparency International EU

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Yannik Bendel

Policy Officer – EU Integrity