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“Nothing to hide?” Just who are European Commissioners meeting with exactly?

European commissioners only list a few of their meetings with lobbyists on their official and publicly available agendas, the European affairs newspaper Politico reported today.

Since last year, some commissioners (who earn around €21,000 per month) have had months-long “gaps” in which they allegedly did not meet with any lobbyist. According to Politico, 10 of the 28 commissioners had no meetings for the upcoming year; others only had one or two appointments scheduled.

Vice President Kristalina Georgieva and Vice President Federica Mogherini (both earning more than €23,100 per month) disclosed the fewest meetings with lobbyists. Moreover, Mogherini’s meetings, as the EU’s top diplomat, are not covered by the transparency regime at all. Yet Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, repeatedly claims that the Commission has “nothing to hide.”

Commissioners are obliged to make their meetings with lobbyists public and can only meet lobbyists who are listed on the EU’s Joint Transparency Register. Their online schedules must be updated within two weeks of a meeting.