Ombudswoman: transfer of EU officials to free enterprise “problematic issue”

Rules on EU officials moving to the private sector are not strict enough, according to European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. There is a tendency to underestimate harmful effects when officials bring their knowledge and networks to the private sector, she said Wednesday at the launch of her annual report. “If this practice is not brought under control now, a culture may take root that could undermine public confidence in the integrity and expertise of the EU institutions,” according to O’Reilly.

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