6 July 2020

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UPDATE | The Good Lobby’s complaint against the EU Commission President von der Leyen

The Good Lobby lodged a complaint against the EU Commission President von der Leyen for interfering in national parliamentary elections in Croatia in full breach of the Code of Conduct of EU Commissioners.

by The Good Lobby

 

UPDATE | July 15TH 

 

The EU Ombudsman established Tuesday, July 14th, that the concerns we raised around the involvement of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in a Croatian political campaign video were “well-founded”.

The ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has refrained from launching an investigation. However, in order to address the “shortcomings” of the code of conduct, our complaint will be submitted to the Commission and the European Parliament for our concerns to be taken “into account when considering possible measures”. See here the full “Letter to the European Commission concerning statements by its President and its Vice-President for Democracy and Demography in the run-up to the Croatian elections”.

The complaint we have filed will also be referred to the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament provided the Parliament “was asked to give its opinion on the current version of the Code when it was drafted”.

 


 

UPDATE | July 7TH 

 

The EU Ombudsman, Emilly O’Reilly, has officially received our request for an investigation and complaint against the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen for her recorded message in Croatian for a campaign video in support of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s party, the Croatian Democratic Union.

The EU Ombudsman will establish the need for an investigation in this regard within days.


 

THE COMPLAINT

 

The Good Lobby lodged a complaint before the EU Ombudsman against the EU Commission President von der Leyen for interfering in national parliamentary elections in Croatia in full breach of the Code of Conduct of EU Commissioners.

EU Commissioners are required to abstain from making public statements on behalf of any political party – be it national or European – of which they are members. The rationale for such a prohibition is to prevent a conflict of interest between the EU Commissioner’s duty to enforce EU obligations vis-à-vis member states and their own national and EU political allegiances.

This infelicitous and unprecedented episode unveils the structural limits of the recently reformed EU Commission oversight system designed to ensure the respect of the Code of Conduct of EU Commissioners. The system is neither independent (its respect depends on the President’s exclusive will) nor autonomous (its Independent Ethical Committee can’t self-task).

Von der Leyen’s Croatian affaire proves that her original proposal to create an independent EU ethics body is more urgent than ever. The same is true for embarking on a broader debate on whether an increasingly politicized EU Commission remains well suited to act as a guardian of the EU Treaties.

Read the full complaint below:

 

Complaint The Good Lobby vs EU Commission

 

 

SEE ALSO:

POLITICO |  Concerns over von der Leyen’s Croatia video ‘well-founded,’ says ombudsman
POLITICOVon der Leyen admits ‘mistakes’ in Croatian campaign video
THE GUARDIANCroatia’s rightwing ruling party wins election victory
THE TIMESUrsula von der Leyen is accused of meddling in Croatian election
EL PAIS Von der Leyen provoca las iras de socialistas y liberales al tomar partido en unas elecciones nacionales

EU OBSERVER | Commission chief under fire for Croatia campaign video

 

TAZ Wahlhelferin von der LeyeN

EXPRESS | Von der Leyen faces potential investigation after complaint about meddling in election

 

RTE EUROPE | Commission President faces criticism over party political video