The revolving doors, this metaphor so common in Spain, since they pass nearly all politicians and officials when “turn” of the public domain to the private. The cases are numerous: Rodrigo Rato, José María Aznar, Felipe González, Pedro Solbes, Angel Acebes, Eduardo Zaplana, Trinidad Jiménez, Esperanza Aguirre – though he then returned to politics-…
The list is long, because almost all those who have gone through the political life ‘feel the call’ the big business when they put an end to its stage of public service. In addition, given the circumstance that always tend to cross any signing of the Ibex 35 or multinational prestige, never to an SME that is starting.
All cases generate controversy in public opinion, even though some always do it more than others. However, if we felt that this was another practice ‘ typical spanish’ we were wrong. Them doors swivel them used in almost all the countries, since the temptation of a charge designed to measure in a great entity is very difficult of beat.
In fact, a few days ago, the former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, has been at the center of controversy since Brussels has decided to open an investigation to its signing by Goldman Sachs if it raises “ethical conflict”, something that the Portuguese has defended claiming that this is a discrimination with respect to other members of the Commission who have then gone to private enterprise.
Although you have to take into account that the differences are substantial, Barroso has been leader of the European institution for no less than 12 years, as well as formerly Prime Minister of Portugal. Therefore, we do not talk of one European official.
A case that precedent
In spite of that the entrance of Barroso in the giant American financial occurred 20 months after leaving his post in the EU – which means that you don’t have to previously notify the institution of his new job, since it has been over 18 months since it stopped being senior – his signing has raised blisters in the European Court.
The Defender of the people of the EU, Emily O’Reilly, has been who has raised the Hare, since it has called on Brussels to confirm him how reviewed “in accordance” the recruitment of the Portuguese. In addition, he argues that the 18-month period does not preclude that a careful evaluation of this type of procurement, be carried out as there are many interests at stake, especially the reputation of an organization that Brexit has called into question.
And is that it is precisely the output of the British islands of the Union on what will be responsible for advising the American Bank Barroso, hence, the Ombudsman requested information Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, the guidelines given to the Manager to negotiate the departure of UK, Michel Bernier to interact with Barroso.
That is why the Commission has decided to ‘cut through the sound’ and in a decision without precedent you have closed access to the Portuguese institution, that something was being a former senior official. In addition, Brussels him has put the label of ‘experienced ‘lobbyist, which flee as the plague large executives of the world of finance and business (albeit it or actually).
Are doors dropping off of turn?
All this stir that is has caused in Brussels has coincidido in a moment special in Spain on the theme of the doors revolving. In our case, the controversy has been starring José Manuel Soria, the former Minister of industry punctuated by famous Roles of Panama, that his involvement in this diversion of funds to not pay taxes in Spain will pursue long enough.
Once away from the political foci since his resignation last April, at the beginning of September was again out into the fore on his appointment by the Government to represent Spain at the World Bank. The criticisms soon rise, since citizenship was considered immoral that an involved in the scandal in Panama, he had to leave his ministerial portfolio, was the Envoy of Spain in the institution. Especially since it was learned that you he will collect a whopping 226,000 euros a year… tax-free.
Before the disgruntled popular and social, Soria is saw forced to reject the since by orders of his party, that still not has got form Executive and that is saw between the sword and the wall. In addition, after is knew that the designation of Soria for the since not was or casual or meritorious, but is made to finger, contrary to what said the Government.
Thus, for the first time in Spain the popular pressure achieved that revolving door will close and not return to produce a case that borders the morality and political ethics and citizen. He case of Soria puts of relief the boredom of the society before this via direct that have them high charges for place is in it great company when its time political ends and how that cry popular can give to the fret with that leap of a side to the other.
Is Barroso the next ‘obliged’ to resign at Goldman Sachs? Be not surprised anyone, revolving doors are starting to stand up.