EU fails again to grasp rules of propriety

Fall-out from the John Dalli case shows how the EU institutions keep getting it wrong when it comes to lobbying.

There is an enduring truth about the regulation of lobbying in and around the European Union that the EU’s own institutions repeatedly show themselves incapable of grasping. It is that conformity with whatever codes of conduct are in force is not in itself sufficient: there must be the appearance of propriety. A classical education is not as common as it once was, but the old dictum “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” still applies.

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