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Eurostat moves to avoid more scandal

The European Union's troubled statistical agency Eurostat is planning an increase in the amount of work tackled in-house rather than buying in research from outside contractors, the strategy leading to the ongoing accounting scandal.

Eurostat director Michel Vanden Abeele told EU news wire Eupolitix: ‘We need to tighten our belt. We all prefer to produce statistics than manage small contracts.’

He added that the agency had slashed the amount of outside seminars attended by EU statisticians by 35 per cent. Meanwhile, a European Parliament budgetary control committee report has called for ‘individual Commissioners (to be) politically responsible for wrongdoings by their departments’, noting no Commissioner has yet accepted blame.

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