2004, as reported by just-food.com: The European
Commission’s newly appointed farm commissioner
is already coming under fire from critics who are seeking
resignation due to conflict of interests. Critics maintain
Mariann Fischer Boel, of Denmark, will be unable to
objectively handle farm the commission’s farm
relations including representation at the World Trade
Organization because Boel is a farmer.
The farm which is owned by Boel and run by her husband
has lead to legal obstacles that could prevent Boel
from accepting the four year position.
The argument focuses on the fact that the farm - like
most others - receives substantial EU subsidies. This
could break EU rules, and the Commission says that its
lawyers are investigating the issue.
Meanwhile, incoming Commission president José
Durão Barroso says he has complete "confidence"
in Fischer Boel, who says has been stressing the fact
that her husband runs the family farm and that her personal
business affairs had not caused problems in her current
post of Denmark's agriculture minister.