Conflict of Interest
Definition of a Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest exists when a person appointed to a function has a personal or vested interest in the outcome of decisions resulting from that function. Consequently, a person must not be involved in any decision during the course of his/her duties which might give rise to an opportunity to further his/her personal interests.
The policy in place states that:
- any person facing a conflict of interest situation is under a duty to communicate it and, as appropriate, find the best way to avoid an adverse impact on the validity of the decisions of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the Agency for Support for BEREC (BEREC Office);
- at each meeting, the Members of the Board of Regulators (BoR) and the BEREC Office Management Board (MB) have to declare any interest which could be considered to be prejudicial to their independence with respect to any point on the agenda;
- anyone declaring such interests shall not participate in any vote on the relevant point.
Content of the Declaration of Interest
The persons concerned must present in their declarations of interest a statement covering either current and past interests or their absence. The reference period for past interests is three years.
The declarations of interest should at least include the following information on all interests that are (or could be perceived as) related to the domain of activity of BEREC and the BEREC Office:
- past activities: work and activities in organisations relevant to the operating area of BEREC;
- direct financial interests;
- other links with the field of activity of BEREC;
- current activities: posts held in foundations or similar bodies, educational institutions, companies or other organisations.
- any other relevant interests.
Article 42 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1971 establishing the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the Agency for Support for BEREC (BEREC Office) - the 'BEREC Regulation' - provides for the obligation for the Members of the BoR and of the MB, the Director and the staff of the BEREC Office to make a declaration of commitments and a declaration of interests indicating the absence of any direct or indirect interests, which might be considered prejudicial to their independence. Such declarations shall be made in writing.
Declarations of interest of the Members of the Boards
The declarations of interests to be submitted by the Members of the BEREC BoR and the BEREC Office MB shall be made in accordance with the model declarations that can be downloaded at the links provided below:
- Model Declaration of Interests of the Members of the BEREC Board of Regulators (Annex II of Board of Regulators Procedure);
- Model Declaration of Interests of the Members of the BEREC Office Management Board (Annex II of BEREC Office Management Board rules of procedures).
Assessment of Conflict of Interest
For the Members of the Board of Regulators and/or of the BEREC Office Management Board, and the BEREC Office Director
Based on the information provided by the Member of the BoR and/or of the MB, the Director, the BoR or MB will jointly evaluate whether a declared interest constitutes a conflict.
As a result of such assessment, the matter will be brought to the attention of the BoR/MB.
For the BEREC Office staff
The Director and the Vice-chair of the MB, exercising the powers conferred on the appointing authority by the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and the powers conferred on the authority entitled to conclude contracts by the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities, will jointly evaluate whether an interest declared by a staff member constitutes a conflict or not. As a result of such assessment, the matter will be brought to the attention of the MB.
Last update: 20 April 2023