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Inquiry launched as European Commission chief refuses to hand over text messages exchanged with Pfizer CEO

RT | September 17, 2021

The European Ombudsman has demanded that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen explain how she lost text messages that she exchanged with the CEO of Pfizer during talks about vaccine procurement.

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the EU’s top accountability and governance officer, launched an inquiry into the European Commission’s refusal to hand over the contents of communications between von der Leyen and a CEO of an unnamed pharmaceutical company about a Covid-19 vaccine contract.

As a first step, O’Reilly asked the Commission to explain its policy on keeping records of von der Leyen’s text messages. “The Commission has an obligation to record instant messages relating to important policy or political matters, such as the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines,” O’Reilly’s office wrote in a statement about the case.

In April, the New York Times reported that von der Leyen had been exchanging texts and calls with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla for a month as part of negotiations about vaccine procurement for the bloc. The paper wrote at the time that personal diplomacy played a big role in securing the vaccine deal.

O’Reilly requested that the Commission hand over the text messages, but the Commission claimed that “no record had been kept of any such messages,” according to the ombudsman’s office.

The office has previously warned about the importance of record-keeping within EU institutions amid an increased amount of remote work in the Covid era. “EU administration is required by EU law to draw up and retain documentation pertaining to its activities, as far as possible and in a non-arbitrary and predictable manner,” the watchdog said in June.

September 17, 2021 - Posted by | Corruption, Deception | ,

3 Comments »

  1. “O’Reilly requested that the Commission hand over the text messages, but the Commission claimed that “no record had been kept of any such messages,” according to the ombudsman’s office”.

    Transparency/Accountability, is vital in a “Democracy”. Secrecy/duplicity will be the death of it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | September 17, 2021 | Reply

  2. Lock her up!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | September 17, 2021 | Reply

  3. Well, if our Ursula has not kept a record of how many vaccines she has bought, and how much it is all going to cost, then she has to accept responsibility for her foolishness, and pay for them out of her own wages!

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    Comment by Bill Francis | September 18, 2021 | Reply


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