Carl Dolan

Carl Dolan has been quoted 10 times. The two most recent articles where Carl Dolan has been quoted are EU slammed for not knowing of key official's offshore firm and Ex-EU official Kroes under pressure over Bahamas directorship. Most recently, Carl Dolan was quoted as having said, “It is incredible that something like this – which is a clear breach of the rules and could have led to a major conflict of interest – was undetected by the European Commission for so many years. The European Commission carries out very limited checks or verifications on the self-declarations of Commissioners when they come into office.”.

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The EU has a slow-burning corruption crisis in its midst. While EU leaders have been preoccupied with other crises such as the influx of refugees from Syria, Brexit and terrorist atrocities, they have shown little appetite to address the corruption that is eroding confidence in political institutions and shackling sclerotic economies. The fact that the flagship European Commission report on corruption has been delayed by more than a year shows the complacency at the top. This complacency towards corruption is the perfect fuel for a fast-burning crisis.

It is incredible that something like this – which is a clear breach of the rules and could have led to a major conflict of interest – was undetected by the European Commission for so many years. The European Commission carries out very limited checks or verifications on the self-declarations of Commissioners when they come into office.

So I think the Commission needs to be much more forceful, much tougher both in the rules and in the implementation of the rules.

If the EU is concerned about corruption then there's a long way to go [for these countries]. But a worrying trend recently is that realpolitik has come to trump considerations about human rights and governments' anti-corruption record.

The figures are there in black and white, it's a fairly dramatic decline for a country that routinely was in the top 20 of the corruption index before the financial crisis.

We've seen this in recent negotiations between the EU and Turkey. In return for co-operation on the migration crisis certain aspects of governance, certain aspects of the quality of institutions will be overlooked. If that is the case I think it's bad news for the EU and bad news for the whole neighbourhood.

I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that there's been a number of revelations about corruption in Spain since the banking and financial crisis hit the country three or four years ago. I think what is interesting about those revelations is that it shows how systemic and how all aspects of governance in Spain has been hit by these scandals.

They do very well, they have very good systems of governance and instances of petty bribery are very rare.

The European Parliament lags far behind other parliamentary bodies, such as Sweden and the UK, when it comes to the transparency of parliamentary expenses. There are clear risks of fraud involving taxpayer money that even the parliament's own internal watchdog has highlighted. The parliament should be routinely providing information on how these public funds are spent rather than putting obstacles in the way of journalists.

Despite the fact that declarations of outside interests and assets are done by MEPs and senior Commission officials, these are not systematically checked at all, these are not systematically verified. And this leaves this EU institutions vulnerable to corruption risks.

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