Last month we presented a new report to the European Parliament on the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Commission. Roland Blomeyer and Michelle Cini (University of Bristol) presented the findings and recommendations to Members of the European Parliament. They recommended a comprehensive review of the Commissioners’ ethics system with a focus on coherent implementation systems with genuine checks and balances.
The study is an update to the European Parliament study by Blomeyer & Sanz on the Code of Conduct in 2009. It compares the 2004 Code of Conduct with the new Code adopted in 2011. Our findings show that the new Code has failed to address most of the recommendations made in 2009. It is characterised by poor checks and balances, absence of a coherent implementation system, and opacity surrounding its operation. Further it concludes that other ethics systems contribute to enhancing public trust in government, while the Commission’s system appears tilted towards Commissioner’s political and career interests.
Read the full report here.