Barroso slams 'discriminatory' EU over Goldman job

"Not only are these actions discriminatory but they appear to be inconsistent with decisions taken in respect of other former members of the commission," Barroso said in a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, his successor as commission president.

Barroso slams 'discriminatory' EU over Goldman job

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former European commission head Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday accused Brussels of discrimination after it ordered an ethics probe into his new role at US investment bank Goldman Sachs.

In the sternly worded letter dated Tuesday, Barroso deplored claims "that the mere fact of working with Goldman Sachs raises questions of integrity".

These "baseless and wholly unmerited" claims are "discriminatory against me and against Goldman Sachs," he said.

In addition to the probe, Juncker also said Barroso will now be received at the Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation bloc, as a lobbyist rather than with the protocol given to a former president.

"I have not been engaged to lobby on behalf of Goldman Sachs and I do not intend to do so," Barroso said in the letter.

Earlier Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande threw his weight behind the Brussels probe.

"When you know that Goldman Sachs was one of the reasons for the difficulties we encountered" during the financial crisis, "that justifies a procedure, the one that Juncker has just started," said Hollande on a trip to Bucharest.

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