EQUO denounces to the EU conflict of interests of Hill + Knowlton and attempt of manipulation of decisions on Western Sahara
PUSL.- MEP Florent Marcellesi of the Greens / EFA group EQUO has complained to the EU authorities about a potential conflict of interest of the consultancy firm Hill + Knowlton International Belgium. (see attached letter).
According to news published in recent days the Moroccan government is one of the main clients of Hill + Knowlton International Belgium (H + K) whose director general, Alain Berger is also the founder of the NGO EuroMedA, which carries out activities directly related to Morocco in the European Parliament . If confirmed, it would violate the EU Transparency Code of Conduct, since H + K would obtain information concerning Morocco and Western Sahara dishonestly.
In the letter, Florent Marcellesi defines this H + K activity as particularly disturbing because “the Moroccan government has been and possibly continues to be a leading client of H + K and the NGO EuroMedA is directly involved in relation to Morocco in the European Parliament, including public events. The EuroMedA Foundation does not appear in the EU lobby register.
If confirmed, EuroMedA’s work appears to be directly related to H + K’s professional activities and consequently several provisions of the Code of Conduct may have been violated by H + K, including:
(a) failure to identify themselves and to declare their interests, objectives and aims they promote, acting through the veil of an organization that is not registered in the Lobby register, EuroMedA;
b) seeking to potentially obtain dishonest information or decisions in relation to Morocco and Western Sahara through EuroMedA;
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