The MS Revolving Door?
ilox at airnet.com.au
Mon Dec 2 19:27:26 CST 2002
>From The "Is this fishy or just good business?" Department:
NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE A top European Commission official has
left to join the Microsoft Corp, just weeks before he was
due to give his opinion on the European antitrust lawsuit
against the company.
The commission said Friday it saw no potential conflicts of
interest in the move. But rivals of Microsoft said the
company has hired away an unsympathetic official at a
crucial time in the Europeans' antitrust case against the
The official, Detlef Eckert, is taking three years' unpaid
leave from his senior post in the information society
directorate within the European Commission to work for
Microsoft. His duties at the commission included overseeing
competition rulings, although he did not work in the
antitrust division itself.
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