This is an amazing article published in the Brussels Journal. It is well worth a read. Check it out!
If the assertions in this report are true, it is disgraceful that they have been covered up.
Since this report has been published, what steps has the European Commission (EC) taken to effectively reduce fraud & just how successful have they been? Is the EC still trying to sweep it under the carpet?
What I really worry about is procurement fraud and the related issue of EC rules being so bureaucratic that they preclude proper value-for-money? For example, just imagine if 20% of EU procurement was over-specified? It’s truly eye-watering.
Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my political views; I am pro-European but anti-bureaucracy and anti-federalism. Sadly, this type of story will appeal to anti-Europeans, like the UKIP, and their equivalent across Europe.
Whilst millions and millions of people in Southern Europe are suffering from unnecessary austerity, we are led to believe from this story that MEPs are defrauding Europe’s tax payers on an unbelievable scale, circa USD 200 million.
For me, this provides further evidence that the European bureaucracy must be substantially dismantled and powers returned to national parliaments.