This video says about itself:
Former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes fails to declare directorship of offshore firm
21 September 2016
A fresh leak of tax haven data has named former European commissioner Neelie Kroes as having failed to declare her directorship of an offshore firm in the Bahamas while in office.
The information is contained in [a] list of directors and shareholders at 176,000 companies and trusts given to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and the “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists“.
Read more here. And here.
Dutch European Union politician cum corporate capitalist Ms Neelie Kroes has management jobs at Über multinational taxi corporation and Bank of America, after she had claimed she would not get any ‘revolving door‘ job after her term as European Commission member would finish.
Ms Kroes is a member of the pro-Big Business VVD political party. Before she was in the European Commission, she had been in parliament, in the Dutch government, etc.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Juncker, President of the European Commission, wants Neelie Kroes to explain as soon as possible about her management job at a company in the Bahamas. She held that post between 2000 and 2009. During that time she was also European Commissioner of Competition. According to the European Union code of conduct she should have notified her board position to the European Commission, but she never did.
According to a European Commission spokesman, it is important that the rules are respected. “We have very strict rules and must be confident that they are respected. We do not have a secret service which can go to the Bahamas to find out. We must rely on the honesty of the commissioners when they are appointed.”
If indeed rules have been violated by Kroes, the European Commission may go to the European Court. Once previously a Commissioner who violated the rules has been convicted. The Frenchwoman Edith Cresson appointed her dentist as her assistant. The Court convicted her, but imposed no penalty. …
The European Ombudsman says that the rules for Commissioners should be tightened, but the European Commission does not agree with that. …
“We had first former president Barroso who moved to the Goldman Sachs bank and now Neelie Kroes. The European Commission will have to make the Code and compliance with it stricter. It should be clear that the business corporations do not write the laws,” said [Paul] Tang.
Paul Tang is a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch PvdA. Officially, the PvdA is a ‘Labour’ party, but strongly infected by Blairism. While Mr Tang’s fellow PvdA politician Jeroen Dijsselbloem is Dutch Minister of Finance, it has turned out that Big Banking in the Netherlands largely makes the rules on banking; and that Shell and Exxon largely make the rules on oil and gas production and the homes and monuments destroying earthquakes which may be its consequences.
[Dutch political party] GroenLinks
Officially environmentalist and leftist. However, infected by neoliberal and ‘humanitarian war’ ideology to support the civilians destroying and environment destroying neocolonial war in Afghanistan.
will first wait for the investigation that the European Commission will launch now. “If Ms. Kroes has violated the rules then there are sufficient sanctions in these rules”, said a spokesperson. “People can be fined, her pension can be stopped and when she will visit the European Parliament, she might be made to do so as an ordinary citizen, with the [security] controls which that implies.”
This GroenLinks spokesperson may be over-optimistic. The precedent is Commissioner Edith Cresson. Though convicted, Ms Cresson did not get any of the three punishments mentioned by GroenLinks.
And how about a jail term for Ms Kroes’ violations of the rules? If Ms Kroes would have been a poor woman, breaking unemployment benefit rules with far less money involved than in Commissioner Kroes’ case now, then right-wing politicians, including Blairites like Valls in France and Dijsselbloem in the Netherlands, might scream all over the corporate media about jailing poor Ms Kroes. However, now that she is not poor Ms Kroes but rich Ms Kroes, you don’t hear anyone in the media advocating jail for wealthy ex-European Commissioners. Are they ‘too big to jail‘, like fraudulent bankers, or polluting British Petroleum fat cats?
Let us suppose that Ms Kroes will get the three penalties named by GroenLinks. Will she get a fine? How sure can we be that it will not be just a slap on the wrist, like in other cases where rich people are involved?
Will her pension stop? Then she will still have her Über and and Bank of America boss jobs and lots of other sources of income.
If she would like to visit the European Parliament, will Ms Kroes then have to subject herself to the same, sometimes considered humiliating, ‘security’ controls to which 99% of parliament visitors are subjected? She may not like that her privileged 1% treatment at the parliament entrance may be finished; but would it be such a big deal?
The Dutch Socialist Party‘s spokesman, MEP Dennis de Jong, is upset that Kroes has played down this affair so lightly. “A commissioner must record what she or he does. This case shows once again that the system is not working”, the SP leader in the European Parliament said.
EU ethics committee ‘should move fast’ on Barroso’s Goldman Sachs job: here.