The ‘conflict of interest cases’ of Commissioner Kroes that were first handed over to President Barroso are now to be dealt with by Commissioner McCreevy.
In the future Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy will have to deal with all mergers, antitrust and state aid cases that cannot be handled by Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes when there is a risk of conflict of interest.
That is the end result of a long reshuffle which started almost a year ago during the commissioner hearings in the EP, where MEPs raised doubts over the former businesswoman Neelie Kroes’s capacity to handle competition cases involving the numerous companies on whose boards she had held positions. The areas ranged from telecoms to shipping.
The first solution was for the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to take over these cases. But in the wake of the controversy in May, surrounding Barroso’s holiday on board a yacht owned by a Greek shipping tycoon, he too was accused of conflicts of interest. Against this backdrop Barroso has decided that McCreevy will take over the sensitive cases from Kroes.