Decision on a Code of Conduct for the Members of the European Commission

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Series Details C (2018) 700
Publication Date 31/01/2018
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Summary:

Decision adopted by the European Commission in January 2018 establishing a new Code of Conduct for Members of the European Commission.

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The Code of Conduct goes beyond an earlier proposal to extend the 'cooling-off' period from 18 months to two years for former Commissioners and to three years for the President of the Commission. It sets clearer rules and higher ethical standards. It also introduces greater transparency in a number of areas and creates an Independent Ethical Committee with reinforced status to strengthen scrutiny and to provide advice on ethical standards. The Commission agreed to publish annual reports on the application of the Code.

The Code was adopted by the Commission on 31 January 2018, following consultation of the European Parliament. A new Code of Conduct was first announced during the 2017 State of the Union address, signalling an evolution from previous work on such guidelines in the aftermath of a controversy related to a former President of the European Commission. On 6 February 2019, a set of further guidelines were published on Ethical Standards for the Participation of the Members of the European Commission in the European Elections.

Source Link https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/code-conduct-commissioners-2018
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  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/code-of-conduct-for-commissioners-2018_en_0.pdf
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Commentary and Analysis
Alter-EU: Press Release, 23.11.16: Tweaks to ethics rules for EU Commissioners only band-aid solution https://www.alter-eu.org/press-releases/2016/11/23

News
EurActiv, 24.11.16: After Barroso row, Juncker proposes tighter EU ethics rules https://www.euractiv.com/section/public-affairs/news/after-barroso-row-juncker-proposes-tighter-eu-ethics-rules/
Politico, 01.09.17: Juncker wants commissioners to wait longer for next jobs http://www.politico.eu/article/jean-claude-juncker-wants-commissioners-to-wait-longer-for-next-jobs/
Reuters, 13.09.17: Juncker announces new code of conduct for EU executive members https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-ethics-codeofconduct/idUKKCN1BO25A
EUObserver, 31.01.18: 'Unethical' EU commissioners to face public shame https://euobserver.com/institutional/140781

Official
European Ombudsman: Press Release, 22.11.16: Ombudsman welcomes progress on Commissioner ethics rules https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/press-release/en/73319
European Commission: Press Release, 23.11.16: President Juncker proposes to tighten the Code of Conduct for Commissioners http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3929_en.htm
European Commission: Press Release, 13.09.17: State of the Union 2017: President Juncker strengthens ethical rules for Members of the Commission in new Code of Conduct http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-3167_en.htm
European Ombudsman: Press Release, 13.09.17: Ombudsman welcomes proposals to strengthen Commissioner ethics and transparency rules https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/press-release/en/83557
European Parliament: Press Release, 14.09.17: More democracy in the EU goes hand in hand with more transparency and integrity http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20170911IPR83602/
European Commission: Press Release, 31.01.18: New Code of Conduct strengthening ethical rules for Members of the European Commission enters into force http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-504_en.htm
European Commission: 06.02.19: European Commission publishes practical arrangements for Commissioners participating in European Parliament elections http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-854_en.htm
European Commission: C (2019) 990: Guidelines on Ethical Standards for the Participation of the Members of the European Commission in the European Elections https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/guidelines-ethical-standards-participation-members-european-commission-european-elections

ESO Records
European Ombudsman calls for strengthened ethics rules for ex-Commissioners, July 2016 https://www.europeansources.info/record/ombudsman-calls-for-strengthened-ethics-rules-for-ex-commissioners/

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