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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Third time unlucky

Euractiv has returned from its summer break with a rather good, albeit concerning, story about concerns over German EU Energy Commissioner G√ľnther Oettinger's extra-curricular activities. It has been revealed that he has been forced to re-submit his 'declaration of interests' three times and it's still not right.

It seems that Oettinger has repeatedly failed to disclose the full list of trusteeships he undertakes and Stern reports that German prosecutors are checking whether he committed a criminal offence by lying in his affidavit, following charges made by German management consultant Andreas Frank.

Makes you wonder whether other Commissioners are also being economical with the truth when it comes to potential conflicts of interest? And if Oettinger is unable to fill out a simple form at the third time of asking, is he really capable of solving the EU's pressing issues of energy security and liberalisation?

You can access the various Commissioners' declarations here:

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