EC whistleblower to resign
Paul van Buitenen, the internal auditor who blew the whistle on financial mismanagement and fraud at the European Commission three years ago, is to step down from his post after becoming disillusioned with the status quo.
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’.