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How Barroso and OLAF messed up Dalli's exit

By Dave Keating  -  31.10.2012 / 06:00 CET
John Dalli is not the only one to have suffered damage to his reputation in the two weeks since his resignation.
 

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John Dalli resigned as a European commissioner on 16 October after a report from OLAF, the European Union's anti-fraud office, was submitted to the Commission. The report suggested that Dalli was aware of the activities of an entrepreneur from Malta, his home country, who was trying to extract money from a Swedish tobacco company in return for persuading Dalli to change his proposals for legislation to tighten up tobacco controls. The entrepreneur was said to have referred to the possibility of lifting a ban on EU imports of snus – Swedish snuff – a product manufactured by the company in question, Swedish Match. The OLAF report has been passed to the Maltese government for further consideration and possible action.

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