September 24, 2010
Contrary to what was stated in the above-mentioned article I have no paid job at the European Experience Company – I am co-founder, shareholder and non-executive director without compensation.
My investment in this company does not constitute an occupation. Consequently the Code of Conduct does not apply in this case. Therefore I did not need any permission and I have not asked the Commission for clearance.
I have, however, given the Commission all information to help the Commission to understand the facts.
I would like to stress that the European Experience Company explicitly excludes any lobbying activities, fully respecting the European definition of lobbying of 2008.
The allegation that European Experience Company would be a lobby agency has been made without establishing the facts or contacting the company.
Former European Commission vice-president
Co-founder, European Experience CompanyAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor