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EUROPEAN COMMISSION: OLAF LAUNCHES INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

The EU's Anti-Fraud Office OLAF and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Administration and Personnel (DG-ADMIN) have undertaken their own analysis of the contents of a paper written by a Commission employee, Paul van Buitenen, in order to determine if it contains any new information that would necessitate a formal inquiry. Mr van Buitenen, a Renouveau et D?mocratie union member, had submitted the file to OLAF on August 31, 2001, making reference to the allegations of improper professional conduct. He became widely known three years ago through his accusations of cronyism and poor administration in the Santer Commission, especially against ex-Commissioner Edith Cresson, which eventually triggered the first-ever collective resignation of the EU's executive board. As a result, Mr van Buitenen had been suspended and then had to go through a disciplinary procedure before being cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated in his job. Mr van Buitenen was granted a special leave of eight weeks in order to write up his report, which was more than 5,000 pages long. OLAF mobilised eight members of its unit of judges to look into the report for more than three months. OLAF submitted a summary of its conclusions on February 15 to the European Commission, and Vice-President Neil Kinnock filed a report on February 20 on this matter to the European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee. A meeting took place on February 25 between the DG-ADMIN and OLAF to ensure the appropriate monitoring...JJ:(YL)

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Title Annotation:Anti-Fraud Office
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EU
Date:Mar 2, 2002
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