EU ACCOUNTING FAILURES: NORTH WEST REGION ENTITLED TO THE TRUTH

With allegations about financial mismanagement still rife in the European Commission, Conservative MEP The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins is calling for European Parliament support for a move that would see 25 % of European Commissioners wages frozen until the financial problems are sorted out.

The EU's Chief accountant, Marta Andreasen was removed from her post in May after she raised her concerns about the Commission's accounting practises in public. She alleges that the European Commission is currently handling some euro98 billion of EU taxpayers money using systems that have failed to meet the most basic accounting standards.

Conservative MEPs have tabled a number of amendments to the Budget, which is being debated in Strasbourg with the aim of pushing the need for much needed reform. One of the amendments would freeze 25% of the Commissioners salaries until the Commission lists exactly what actions it intends to take, including a time schedule, to replace the flawed computer system.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Conservative MEP Sir Robert said:

"The Commission must respond with an explanation and action to the allegations made by Marta Andreasen. The Commission cannot ignore our campaign to introduce these vital reforms which is gathering pace across party and national boundaries in the European Parliament. The people of North West England as contributors to the EU's budget have a right to know what is being done to safeguard their money."

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