Jules Muis, a former Ernst & Young partner, who was responsible for revamping the audit and financial control system at the World Bank, announced his resignation in a letter to administrative reform commissioner Neil Kinnock earlier this month.
Muis has been with the commission for two and a half years and said he would stand down next April.
Responding to the announcement, shadow chancellor Michael Howard said: ‘The fact that the EU’s chief auditor resigned as he was being prevented from mounting a thorough inquiry onto fraud shows quite how bad the problems are at the European Commission.
‘What is Gordon Brown doing to put a stop to this EC fraud for which the British taxpayer is paying?’
UK senior partner Phil Verity has been elected for a second term at Mazars
An audit partner has been appointed at Grant Thornton in its North West offices
KPMG has been appointed with “immediate” effect as the auditor of Dorcaster
The audit for Ibstock will be taken over by Deloitte following a competitive tender process