Conflicts of interest Promoting stricter rules to ensure balanced decision-making for the good of people and planet

6 September 2015

Today Friends of the Earth Europe together with Corporate Europe Observatory filed a complaint at the European Ombudsman about the appointment of Edmund Stoiber as special adviser to the European Commission.

Edmund Stoiber was appointed in December 2014 by Commission President Juncker to advise him on "better regulation". However, as an Access to Documents request revealed, the appointment was announced before Stoiber had undergone the necessary checks for conflicts of interest.

A conflict of interest exists when an official has a personal interest that could improperly influence the performance of their duties. This happens all too often in the European institutions with many European officials moving to and from industry or lobby jobs.


This revolving door enables corporate groups to have powerful influence, whilst the public interest is sidelined. Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for strict rules to prevent conflicts of interest and promote balanced decision-making for the good of people and planet.

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  • Myriam Douo