Transparency 45: Margarita Arboix In the revolving door?
The recent news that Arboix Margarita has joined FEDEROVO (http://avicultura.info/especie/puesta/ and http://agrinews.es/entrevista/nos-entrevistamos-con-margarita-arboix-asesora- de-federovo /), is published at a time when Spain is subject to continual emergence of news about influence peddling, corruption and achievers with different government among other irregularities.
As our readers know, Margarita Arboix was deputy director of veterinary medicines in the Spanish Medicines Agency of Ministry of Health, simultaneously from his position as director of SERAF, a laboratory which offered advisory services for the preparation of records of veterinary medicines. This made the same official was which manufactured reporting and analysis while authority to supervise laboratories were his customers SERAF. View Transparency Blog Number 6, 7, 9 and 10 of Veterinaria Digital.
In an interview with the magazine AGRINEWS, to the question: ¿Are there any other issue that preoccupies FEDEROVO? FEDEROVO adviser Arboix Margarita replied: “We have asked the MAGRAMA that submit to health checks and then follows them” referring to farms with less than 300 chickens according to civil servant have very different controls that have holdings larger.
That is, Margarita Arboix, a former official of the Ministry of Health and MAGRAMA on issues related to animal health, acknowledges that she has made requests to other officials, in this case on MAGRAMA. For this, in Veterinaria Digital asked if: we have a new use case revolving door? , An official leaves the Administration and assumes the role of advisor and relationships with management, an association of producers.
The question is answered by herself when ex- civil employee in the same interview she has said:
“That close relationship between government and sectors provides joint efforts and that makes farmers have great strength. “In Veterinaria Digital point that the force in this case have some farmers, not all farmers.
It is therefore possible to understand that:
1. An official, defendant for the possible commission of a crime of trespass and use of public position for private gain, and eventually would not have barred under resolution of the Provincial Court of Madrid in relation to its simultaneous function of Deputy Director in Ministry of HEALTH and director of SERAF, has joined an association of producers as a consultant.
2. The purpose of her advice well may otherwise be the increasing strength of the FEDEROVO poultry sector through requests to an Administration, assumed is already serving its purpose, to undergo health checks to the productive sector not included in their association. We understand that this action, given by Margarita Arboix, doubts the compliance of the health system, by the MAGRAMA, which is unlikely in the absence of poisoning by consumption of eggs from these farms not registered in FEDEROVO.
3. That is, again, a case of “revolving door”, in which an officer leaves the Administration and uses her knowledge of it, this time as adviser to the private sector, of patronal.
On Transparency blog of Veterinaria Digital understand that simultaneous exercise by the same person in a public position under the direction of a service related companies under surveillance from public office, such as exercise revolving door pressuring the administration to which he had belonged as an advisor to a private association are made against transparency.
We can go deeper, until April 2011, to find information about Margarita Arboix relationships with current FEDEROVO. Indeed, the portal www.castillalamancha.es published the news contained in the following link in which it is reported that “the General Director of Agricultural Production, visited with the general director of agricultural and livestock resources Margarita Arboix, the poultry Herpoga SL where they held a meeting with representatives of the Poultry AVICAM association and which also gave cites the provincial delegate of Agriculture and Environment. “
Remember that AVICAM Association is the founder of the current FEDEROVO and the news continued with the following note: “For this, reminded that has been implemented from the Regional Government a specific line of improvement of farms with 20 million euros to adapt the cages. “
In summary Margarita Arboix served as deputy director of the Spanish Medicines Agency simultaneously offered advice through SERAF companies that she had to supervise, to prepare the documentation that she should pass through the government agency which she presided. This occurred between 2003 and 2006.
Decade later we met Margaret Arboix as General Director of Agricultural Resources, with members of the Poultry Association AVICAM at a time when the regional government put 20 million euros for the sector to adapt laying cages. And after a period of three years Margarita Arboix is incorporated as an advisor to FEDEROVO, one of whose founders is the Poultry Association AVICAM, stating in an interview that asked the MAGRAMA that “subject to sanitary controls of the poultry production sector not included in association “and referring to the relations of production association with the administration of another country,” That close relationship between management and provides sectors joint efforts and that makes farmers have great strength “.
In Transparency of Veterinaria Digital asked if Arboix Margarita is in a revolving door that leads from one or more positions in the Public Administration a position in a private association acting relationship with the Public Administration to which she belonged.