MEPs vote to keep expense abuse report secret
EC budgetary control committee votes to keep report on staff allowances under wraps
After a heated debate, MEPs from EC’s budgetary control committee have voted
against publishing a confidential report detailing abuses by some deputies of
their monthly staff allowance.
EUobserver.com reports two versions of the report are said to be
available – a ‘soft’ version without names, which some MEPs were calling to be
published, and one with names.
Herbert Bosch, an Austrian socialist MEP and head of the committee said its
work would be ‘jeopardised’ if the report was made public. At the end of the
afternoon session, those opposing the publication of the report won against
those appealing for more transparency.
The EU’s anti-fraud body OLAF has been sent a copy of the report and is
expected to investigate whether MEPs have been involved in fraud using public