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Antoine Deltour, this hero of European citizenship! (Lamassoure)

(B2)" Antoine Deltour, by violating the law of his country, illustrated the common European interest, served European citizenship. He may have violated the employment contract, the law of his country (it will be up to the courts to decide). But he put us in the position to advance the general interest » said Alain Lamassoure, the MEP head of the Republican (ex-UMP) delegation to the European Parliament, during a lunch with French journalists (I was with Nora Hamadi, the president of the AJE).

A status for alert protectors

“We need to develop a statute for whistleblowers,” believes the man who is also the president of the European Parliament's special committee on “tax rulings” (a committee born precisely in the wake of LuxLeaks. “ This will be one of the major points of the report we are preparing (which should be finished and voted on in plenary in October). »

Let's dispassionate, let's give time!

As a result, Alain Lamassoure recognizes that there is a problem of consistency with the trade secrets directive. “ It is a complex subject. There is the problem of industrial espionage. It is a very important issue. Let's give ourselves time. You have to work in a dispassionate atmosphere, bring the temperature down. It is in our interest to solve the two problems together. Let's dispassionate! ".

Comment: this intervention contradicts the trend observed at the European Commission and among certain MEPs to speed up the pace and complete the “trade secrets” directive as quickly as possible. It should allow, on a subject as delicate as freedom of the press, the protection of sources on the one hand, and the preservation of business secrets to find a more satisfactory balance than today.


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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).

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