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"Madam President, the enormous rewards at the top of corporate businesses pose major conflict of interest challenges. Put bluntly, pay packages have become so big that former EU Commissioners have potential access to untold riches after retiring from public service and there is growing concern that future awards may start to impinge on the consciousness of current Commissioners. The position obtained by Mr Barroso with Goldman Sachs is a case in point. Could such a bonanza affect the thinking of a current Commissioner involved in regulating markets? I fear it could. The European Ombudsman has already criticised the Barroso Commission for laxity in this area, calling for a tougher code of conduct. I must advise this Chamber that the growing gulf between the EU and those it governs was a key weapon for people like me in the UK referendum. So, if the ethical arguments for tougher constraints do not sway you, then you might like to contemplate the imperative for self-preservation instead."@en1
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