Skip to comments.EU anti-fraud chief facing allegations
Posted on 07/05/2007 7:02:51 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin2
The head of Olaf, Europes anti-fraud watchdog, is to be hauled before the European parliament to answer allegations of conflicts of interest and irregularities in the way it operates.
Franz-Hermann Brüner will face awkward questions on why applications for the job of director of investigations were screened by a panel including a eurocrat who was herself being probed by Olaf.
Paul van Buitenen, the Dutch whistleblower turned MEP, claims an internal Olaf candidate for the job tried to halt any disciplinary follow-up against the female official, in spite of the seriousness of the case.
Mr van Buitenen also claims Olafs supposedly independent investigations are influenced by pressure from national public prosecutors and argues that Olaf should not investigate allegations of fraud committed with funds which it manages.
Mr Brüner will give evidence behind closed doors to senior members of the European parliaments budgetary control committee on July 16.
The case will pit the German director-general against the Dutch MEP, who raised concerns about nepotism and irregularities in the European Commission that eventually brought down Jacques Santers administration in 1999.
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