By: V4 Agency
The European Economic and Social Committee acknowledged that plans to adopt a code of ethics which considered national interests to be incompatible with those of the EU did in fact exist.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has admitted it had plans to sanction those representing national interests.
As V4NA reported earlier, the EESC was planning to adopt a code of conduct, which in its draft form, listed the representation of national interests as a sanctionable conflict of interest.
A document obtained by V4NA shows that, according to Brussels, representing national interests compromises the interests of the EU as a whole….
Two days after our article was published, the committee issued its code of conduct, with the section in question formulated completely differently.
Behind the scenes, Brussels is taking bold steps to stifle the representation of national interests but,…
In response to V4NA’s question, EESC’s press department admitted that the draft version did contain the passage in question, adding that there had been several ideas and proposals on the table. They claim that the final draft was compiled before receiving the initial letter from V4NA.
Therefore, they acknowledge that the document did exist, as it was being discussed and amended. By virtue of this acknowledgment, however, they are also admitting to the fact that EESC leadership was poised to accept it, but met with resistance within the organisation.
The EESC did not provide an explanation as to why national interests were considered incompatible with the common interest of the EU, nor did they specify the interests of the EU which were deemed incompatible with national interests.