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End to Andreasen affair in sight

The end of the Marta Andreasen affair, which once cast doubts over the discharge of the EU's £65m budget for 2001, may be in sight, according to Brussels insiders.

Link: Defiant Andreasen speaks out again

The betting is that European Commission vice-president Neil Kinnock will drop disciplinary proceedings against Andreasen, the EC’s former chief accountant who was suspended by Kinnock last year after voicing criticism of the commission’s accounting procedures.

Curiously, no disciplinary procedures have yet been made against Andreasen.

‘Last July Kinnock launched an administrative inquiry, that could lead to a disciplinary move,’ she told Accountancy Age. ‘The procedures have not moved beyond that. Effectively, even after nine months, Kinnock has not decided to launch a disciplinary procedure against me. It’s very strange,’ she said.

Kinnock told the European parliament that Andreasen was suspended not because of her criticisms but due to a breakdown in personal relations.

He will decide on whether to pursue action when he receives a hearing officer’s report.

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