A Dutch national was sentenced, on 27 June in Belgium, to 40 months in prison for having transmitted to corporate executives, via a French lobbyist, confidential information on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) while he was an EU public servant. Karel Brus, who has since left the European Commission, was also ordered to pay a fine of €55,000 and nearly €140,000 of his assets were confiscated by the Brussels Criminal Court. Eleven years after the case opened in 2001, the former public servant of Directorate-General Agriculture was found guilty of corruption for having provided to a French lobbyist, Jean-Jacques Vies, confidential information that helped French exporters win certain contracts. In exchange, he received numerous gifts (hotel accommodations, lunches and dinners in restaurants and ‘hostess’ bars). Vies was sentenced to a suspended 18-month prison term. Union Invivo and the Dutch group Glencore Grain Rotterdam, which obtained information from Brus, were fined €500,000.