Tajani: the President who gave back almost half a million euro to the EU

After the case of Barroso at Goldman Sachs and Neelie Kroes, ex EU Commissioner for competition and digital agenda named in the Bahamas papers, another case at the previous European Commission has been raising eyebrows as well. Former EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard was appointed as an adviser to Volkswagen last October, while the company is still trying to restore its image damaged by the last diesel-gate.

But not all former commissioners are the same: the new President of the European Parliament and former EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship  Antonio Tajani (Forza Italia, EPP) decided to give back  468,000 euros to the EU, which he was entitled to receive as a former European Commissioner, in November 2014.

In the letter written by Tajani and addressed to Barroso, then President of the European Commission, he said that “in difficult time, the politicians should give the example of sobriety and solidarity to the European citizens who are obliged to take sacrifices.”