Conflict of Interest Policy

1. Introduction

This policy will establish rules for identifying, disclosing and managing conflicts of interest at the Institute for European Advancement (IEA).

2. Applicability

This policy is applicable on all Partners and collaborators of the IEA.

3. Identification, disclosure and management of conflicts of interest

A conflict of interest arises where:

• A member of the IEA (either a Partner or a collaborator) has a personal interest which may compromise his/her independency regarding a topic on which he/she is to write an article;

• A member of the IEA (only Partners in this case) has a personal interest which may hinder him/her from taking a decision in the best interest of the Institute;

• The IEA receives or may receive financing from individuals, legal entities or public bodies which pursue goals contrary to the core values and targets of the Institute;

TThe following procedures are established in order to make sure conflicts of interest are identified and managed properly:

• Before writing an article on a given subject, the Partner or collaborator will have to confirm in writing (using the form in annex I of this policy) to the all the partners of the Institute that no conflict of interest exists which may influence his opinion on the topic. Should a conflict of interest exist, this will have to be disclosed in writing to all the partners of the Institute so a decision can be made (4 positive votes of Partners are needed) if it is still adequate that the Partner/collaborator writes the article on the topic;

• Partners of the Institute will have to disclose in writing (using the form in annex II of this policy) any conflicts of interest which may influence the decisions they are entitled to make in the framework of their tasks with the Institute. If a conflict is disclosed by any of the Partners, adequate countermeasures will have to be established in order to make sure that the disclosed conflict does not have a negative impact on the activities of the Institute. Majority voting (4 votes in favour) will be required for approving the course of action decided;

• Before accepting financing from any individual, legal entity or public body a decision will have to be made by all Partners of the Institute that the projected financing does not compromise the independency and values of the IEA. Each financing offer will be subject to voting by the Partners of the Institute, being necessary that a majority of the members (4 at this time) vote in favour of the financing offer. The decision will be documented using the form in Annex III attached to this policy;

4. Public disclosure of conflicts of interest

Any relevant conflicts of interest disclosed under the rules of this policy will be published in the web site of the IEA.

5. Sanctions for non compliance with the policy

Any partner or collaborator not complying with the terms of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.


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