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Muis issues warning to EC chiefs

Jules Muis, head of the European Commission's newly revamped internal audit service, has said he will make enemies within the organisation during the course of his work.

In an exclusive interview with AccountancyAge.com, Muis, a former senior partner with Ernst & Young who rooted out corruption while working for the World Bank, issued a clear warning about what would be expected of the heads of the commission’s directorates.

‘We would want the director generals to not just be the first line of defence, but also the main line of attack and know how to run their businesses properly and take responsibility for the financial statements, and not to point the finger at anonymous figures,’ he said.

Internal audit has undergone wholesale change at the commission following Neil Kinnock’s recommendations for financial control and the appointment of new president Romano Prodi.

Muis is two months into his new job and comes with a tough reputation following his appointment of 120 accountants to the World Bank to overcome its problems.

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