Emily In Brussels


From top: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is accused of keeping secret text messages with Pfizer’s CEO; EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly

This afternoon.

Via MailOnline:

An official EU watchdog has slammed Ursula von der Leyen for keeping secret text messages with Pfizer’s CEO about purchasing Covid vaccine doses, saying it ‘constituted maladministration’.

The EU ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, issued a formal recommendation telling von der Leyen’s office to search for and hand over the texts under a freedom of information request lodged by a journalist.

In April last year, the New York Times revealed that EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had exchanged text messages and calls about vaccine procurements for EU countries.

The European Commission chief used ‘personal diplomacy’ to secure the deal for 1.8billion Pfizer vaccines via texts with the CEO, the paper revealed.

Journalist Alexander Fanta of news site netzpolitik.org then asked the Commission for access to the text messages and other documents, but the executive branch did not provide them.


EU watchdog accuses Ursula von der Leyen of ‘maladministration’ and orders her to hand over secret texts she sent to Pfizer’s CEO (MailOnline)


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9 thoughts on “Emily In Brussels

    1. SOQ

      I would think Emily would be following very detailed legal advice on such matters.

      As for von der Leyen- it is well known who’s pocket she is in. Using SMS as a means of communication in the middle of such a procurement process, would be a sackable offence for the rest of us mere mortals of course.

  1. freewheeling

    Pope Francis also had two secret meetings with Bourla last year too.


    “Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts.”
    “Vaccines are not a magical means of healing, yet surely they represent, in addition to other treatments that need to be developed, the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease.”

    Oh dear.

  2. Micko

    A feckin txt message?

    I wonder did she put it in code like when you text your dealer.

    “Hey, have you any CD’s going?


    “Cool – can I get 1.8 billion of them?”

  3. RuilleBuille

    Considering Johnson was hoarding all UK manufactured vaccines for use in the UK and denying the EU shots that had been paid for I’m not surprised they went dodgy.

  4. SailorGerry

    The big political crooks get a free pass for high crimes, every time.

    The plebs get a criminal record and a fine for being more than 5 clicks from home in a “lockdown” or some minor infraction of the mandates.

    I think Bob Dylan summed up up quite eloquently, and I paraphrase, “steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you a king”

    Or Big Joe Stalin, talking about mass deaths with ”one hundred being a tragedy, but 1 million dead is just a statistic”

    If the courts do not work for justice, then rope and lamp posts must.

  5. Mad

    No fuppin way!
    A major world leader used her power to save hundreds of thousands of lives during a pandemic?
    Shut up Emily.

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