Statement by Igors Ludboržs, Member of the European Court of Auditors on Management of conflicts of interest in selected EU Agencies
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 11/10/2012 First transmission: 11/10/2012
On 11 October, Igors Ludboržs, Member of the European Court of Auditors, presented a report entitled "Selected EU agencies did not adequately manage conflict of interest situations".
The European Court of Auditors concluded that none of the audited Agencies adequately managed the conflict of interest situations. A number of shortcomings of varying degrees have been identified in Agency-specific policies and procedures as well as their implementation.
The audit evaluated policies and procedures for the management of conflict of interest situations for four selected Agencies making vital decisions affecting the safety and health of consumers, namely the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
In recent years a number of alleged cases pertaining to conflict of interest involving certain EU Agencies have been reported in the press and have raised concerns within the European Parliament. In 2011 the European Parliament requested the Court to “undertake a comprehensive analysis of the agencies’ approach to the management of situations where there are potential conflicts of interest”.
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||Igors Ludboržs, Member of the European Court of Auditors, talking with people
||Soundbite by Igors Ludboržs (in ENGLISH): So our main conclusion is that none of the selected four EU agencies have adequate policies and procedures to manage conflict of interest situations.
||Soundbite by Igors Ludboržs (in ENGLISH): On average with ten recommendations which are either agencies specific or general recommendations which deals not only with issues cross the agencies but may be applicable to other agencies in the EU and all the institutions. One of the recommendations is to establish comprehensive EU regulatory framework which will certify and will develop minimum requirements in this area.
||Soundbite by Igors Ludboržs (in ENGLISH): I believe what we intent is to come back in a couple of years to follow up what happens since. Did the promises and the commitments by agencies to improve the situation indeed took place either at level of policy and procedure, either at level of implementation of those policies and procedures. And of course, that means we will come back and report it.