Saturday, July 17, 1999 Published at 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
EU Commission cleans up its act
Romano Prodi and Chris Patten outside the castle where they are meeting
The new European Commission has promised to fight sleaze with tight new restrictions on how its members live and behave.
The commissoners have been holding their first meeting since replacing the previous team, who resigned en masse after an investigation uncovered mismanagement, nepotism and fraud.
He said the gathering had "created a good team spirit" and the watchwords for his new administration would be "teamwork, transparency, efficiency and accountability".
Strict new measures
The unprecedented code, which was drawn up by Commissioner Neil Kinnock, stipulates that:
The code also tackles the gravy train image of the Brussels bureaucracy, introducing numerous restrictions on spending.
The new team of 20 commissioners has yet to be approved by the European parliament.
Only four of the old regime, including Mr Kinnock, have survived to serve another term.