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The resignation of John Dalli, what lesson to draw from it

(BRUSSELS2) After the resignation of Commissioner John Dalli, we can ask ourselves several questions but there is one certainty. This is the desire to take control displayed by the President of the Commission, José-Manuel Barroso.

President Barroso did not want to procrastinate or wait for the file to rot and then pollute the end of his mandate. He has undoubtedly learned the lesson from the Cresson affair and the end of the Santer Commission in 1999. By taking the initiative himself to reveal the affair and put an end to it immediately, he is leading a drumbeating operation wanting carry out a surgical operation. No doubt, no pity, we cut off the arm which seems shaky.

It is also a very clear warning to his commissioners and to the entire staff of the European Commission: he is the boss. And beware of anyone who does not want to respect the code of conduct, or other instructions.

It is finally a kick-start in a world of lobbying where business-politician proximity is the keystone of the system. Many managers (of cabinet, of the spokesperson's department, etc.) have subsequently worked in lobbying firms; it is even a normal career path, including for commissioners (like the former commissioner for the internal market). , McCreevy). This is without counting the attendance fees on company boards of directors which some MEPs still seem fond of. Some days we come close to the limits, if not of legality, at least of morality and ethics...

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).