Top EU transport official transferred after row over Qatar-paid trips

Director-General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei talks to the media as he arrives for the European Transport Ministerial Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on 21 October 2022. [Martin Divisek/ EPA]

The European Commission's transport unit chief Henrik Hololei has been transferred to another post, a spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. The transfer comes after a row over several Qatar-paid trips Hololei took.

"At his request, the College (of Commissioners) has decided to appoint Henrik Hololei, who is the general director for mobility and transport, to the position of … advisor in the DG (Directorate-General) for international partnership from the 1st of April," Commission chief spokesperson Eric Mamer told reporters.

A spokesperson for the European Commission's Human Resources added that "this is not a disciplinary measure but a transfer to an equivalent post". Hololei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Politico revealed last month that Hololei flew business class for free on Qatar Airways several time between 2015 and 2021, which he...

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