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EU fraud report leaked

The European Union's anti-fraud unit OLAF has reacted angrily to the leakingto German news magazine Stern of a confidential dossier of new EU corruptionallegations compiled last year by Brussels whistle-blower Paul van Buitenen.

Since he handed his report in August to OLAF and the Commission’sadministration directorate, officials have been ‘analysing’ its contents anddiscussing how to follow it up.

However, OLAF acted rather more swiftly over the leak, releasing animmediate statement that it would ‘rigorously’ check allegations that anofficial had been paid to release the dossier. If these stand up, then’disciplinary proceedings’ would be opened and the ‘competent judicialauthorities’ would be informed.

The fraud unit was silent on the allegations themselves, which are said toinclude claims that the Commission’s Irish secretary general DavidO’Sullivan, and his British spokesman, Jonathan Faull had ignored corruptionin the management of a Euro 600 million education programme. Both menstrongly deny the claims.

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