EC whistleblower to resign

Link: Van Buitenen blows whistle again

In 1999, van Buitenen’s allegations led to the end of Jacques Santer’s reign as EC president and the setting up of the anti-fraud office, Olaf, to tackle corruption. He was selected as Accountancy Age Personality of the Year at the awards dinner that year.

But, he has decided to resign after becoming bitterly disappointed by what he claimed was the inability of the new EC leadership under Romano Prodi, to clean up the system, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

Another factor, he said, was the harsh treatment of the commission’s chief accountant Marta Andreasen, who lost her post and was disciplined after she claimed the EU budget was ‘out of control’.

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