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Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

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Re: Fake news

Is it really that simple?

The Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service (https://icsc.un.org/resources/pdfs/general/standardsE.pdf) may relate to employees of the UN. However, I would have thought that the same standards ought to be applied to senior managers (and particularly the President of) an international organisation such as the EPO. In this regard, paragraph 48 of those Standards could be important:

"In view of the independence and impartiality that they must maintain, international civil servants, while retaining the right to vote, should not participate in political activities, such as standing for or holding local or national political office".

So, does Mr Battistelli's role as deputy mayor in charge of cultural affairs in Saint-Germain-en-Laye counts as "local political office"? I do not know the answer to this question. However, the above considerations do at least suggest that there MAY be a case to answer.

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