EU Commissioners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on EU Commissioners' involvement in the domestic politics of member states.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The current Treaty articles on the Commission make clear the complete independence enjoyed by the members of the Commission, who are required to discharge their duties in the general interest of the Community.

The UK Government fully supports the Code of Conduct for Commissioners, which states that "Commissioners may be active members of political parties or trade unions, provided that this does not compromise their availability for service in the Commission."

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.