The one for Oettinger’s cabinet (i.e. his team) looks reasonably complete. The list for the Commissioner himself, however, is a different story. Apparently, we are to believe that he has met just six lobbyists in the past four months. That would be an astounding lack of activity for the person in charge of some of the EU’s most contested policy issues: data protection, copyright reform and net neutrality.
Since the Commission apparently doesn’t fully respond to informal prodding, the excellent Kirsten Fiedler over at EDRi has filed an official request for access to documents. If you, like me, are curious about what’s keeping the EU’s digital czar busy, you can follow the request at AskTheEU.org.
For context see among a sea of incidents for example what Techdirt was reporting on what Gunther Oettinger had to say about net neutrality a few months ago:
What’s interesting here is that alongside the very old idea of telemedicine, Oettinger uses exactly the same new argument against net neutrality as Nokia’s CEO last week. Since no one was talking about this kind of application before — unsurprisingly, since it’s a really stupid approach — a cynic might almost think that they have both been fed the same talking point by someone.