March 2, 2024



Commission says it can’t find von der Leyen-Pfizer texts — and doesn’t need to



If it’s short and sweet, it’s OK to delete.

That’s the takeaway from the European Commission when it comes to saving its officials’ text messages as it holds firm in its refusal to share purported texts between President Ursula von der Leyen and a pharma executive. In a response submitted to the European Ombudsman, and published Wednesday, Commission Vice President Věra Jourová held the Berlaymont’s line in an ongoing standoff with the EU watchdog, MEPs and journalists.

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