Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), which tracks EU-focused lobbying, accused Draghi in June of lacking independence because of his membership in an international forum of public and private sector financial leaders, the Group of Thirty (G30).
"We received a complaint and sent a letter to the ECB," said Gundi Gadesmann, spokeswoman for EU ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros.
According to Reuters:
"Draghi is alleged to maintain close ties with the group and to participate in closed meetings," the transparency group said last month.Of course, Draghi is an insider. That's how you get to be the head of the ECB.
"(G30) bears all the characteristics of a lobbying vehicle for big international private banks and the President of the European Central Bank should not be able to be a member, due to concerns over the bank's independence," it said.
Chaired by former ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, the G30 gathers influential regulators, financial executives and academics.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and Bank of England Governor Mervyn King are also members.