Janina Berg is a senior EU policy and legal officer with the organisation. But now we have to try to really make the best of…we need an independent OLAF but we need it also as a part of the Commission but as an independent part of the Commission.
Internal Commission correspondence later obtained by anti-tobacco NGOs suggested Dalli may have been a victim rather than a friend of the tobacco lobby. Yet by early this year, both OLAF and the institution it reports to, the European Commission, were under fire over that sacking.
The bill, which was eventually approved, is much weaker than the initial proposal, but it does remain tougher than most current European laws. In a town which thrives on backroom deals, observers suspected something unusual had happened behind closed doors.
The report failed to make a direct connection between John Dalli and an attempt to solicit a bribe from a tobacco company.
However, the country ranked rather low on the easiness level to get credit, to protect minority investors, to resolve insolvency, to enforce contracts and to deal with construction permits. First of all, I would like to thank the International Press Association for inviting me to meet with you, and I would like to thank you all for your interest.
Also bans on slim cigarettes have been rejected. But most importantly the EU prosecutor should be independent from any influence from EU member states but also from EU institutions.
OLAF has started, as it was bound by duty, started a swift investigation, and an investigation which has not had any kind of external influence or pressure. The independence of such a new body at the supranational level which will have quite extensive powers to investigate and prosecute EU fraud and corruption could be ensured if several safeguards were in place.
Many, many services have been informing me of an onslaught in the Commission by the tobacco lobby. Transparency International is an NGO which investigates government and corporate corruption. So a fully independent investigation. That is just one example of the kind of problems that have been revealed.
It was correct to investigate, I think nobody is questioning that, but the way in which the investigation was carried out, there have been some very serious problems revealed, including things that you would not really believe are possible, like Mr Kessler going to interview a witness in a hotel in Portugal, having a break in the interrogation and then going out for lunch together and drinking wine, then continuing the interview.
By the way, I am still not informed as of this minute of the basis on which OLAF reached their conclusions. So how can you go to the press without the person defending being able to defend himself? But no one other than those accusing the former commissioner had seen the report, not even John Dalli himself.
What we said in the conference was just that there was no conclusive evidence of possible criminal responsibility of the commissioner. It was not a neutral investigation to look for proofs or effects which are not in line with the whole story.
Divided into subnational and regional level analyses, the report covered 11 indicator sets including starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.
Listen, as far as the lobbyists are concerned, all I know is that they have been lobbying all the Commission and they have been meeting all the commissioners and their staff over the past months. Meanwhile, John Dalli, who was now back in Malta, is set to challenge his dismissal in a Belgian court.
The accusation was that the Commission wanted Dalli gone, and OLAF provided it with a trigger, albeit not the trigger of a smoking gun. One of the countries which has many judicial problems is Italy.business report highlights VW keeps options open for luxury-car IPO amid efficiency drive Volkswagen raked in record sales and revenue last year despite wrestling with the fallout from its diesel.
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