This Maltese lad resigned last week (although whether it was him resigning or being resigned by Barroso is unclear) over allegations he met with a rep from the Tobacco (or Snus!) industry who tried to bribe him.

EU commissioner quits on foot of fraud inquiry - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 17, 2012


The former Health Commission is still protesting his innocence and implying that Barroso made him resign on threat of sacking him.

Today he held a press conference and it seems he is up for a fight.

Former EU commissioner launches blistering attack on Barroso: theparliament.com


I am not sure if Barroso has the power to sack him. I know the parliament can sack the whole Commission but that would be a nuclear option.

Of course the whole episode has people asking bigger questions about the accountability or complete lack of it relative to the massive powers of the EU Commission.

http://corporateeurope.org/blog/wake...vileged-access


And finally just to note he will continue to get a fair lump of his salary for the next few years.....