The Commission's ad hoc Ethical Committee
Kanteluasia 297/2013/FOR - Tutkittavaksi otetut kantelut, pvm Tiistaina | 12 maaliskuuta 2013 - Päätökset, pvm Torstaina | 19 joulukuuta 2013 - Toimielin, jota kantelu koskee Euroopan komissio (Toimielin sopi asian , Tutkimusta ei syytä jatkaa )
1) The Commission's decision to reappoint one of the members of its ad hoc Ethical Committee breaches Article 4 of the 2003 Commission decision establishing the Committee.
2) The activities of the ad hoc Ethical Committee are not sufficiently transparent.
1)The Commission should revoke the said re-appointment and appoint a replacement who meets, and appears to meet, the requirement for independence.
2)The Commission should introduce a pro-active transparency policy of (a) publishing the CVs and Declarations of Interest of the members of the ad hoc Ethical Committee online, as is the case for Commission Special Advisers; (b) improving online transparency regarding both the members of the ad hoc Ethical Committee and its decisions.
3) In order to ensure that decisions about Commissioners' ethics are truly independent, the Commission should – in the longer term – set up an independent ethics committee, with a broader and better defined mandate than the existing Committee, which deals primarily with post-employment issues. This committee should be fully independent and composed of experts on public administration ethics.