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Blowing the Whistle [Paperback]

Paul Van Buitenen


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March 2000 1902301463 978-1902301464
Early in December 1998 Paul van Buitenen, an assistant auditor in the Financial Control Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels, lifted the lid on the internal corruption and fraud he had unearthed at the heart of the Commission. Despite extreme pressure ti keep quiet, he revealed to the European Parliament the true extent of EC corruption - with the result that in March 1999 the entire Commission resigned.

Misappropriation of funds, corrupt dealings with contractors, jobs for the boys (or, in the case of Commissioner Edith Cresson, for the dentist) - Paul van Buitenen had opened a wriggling can of worms, and he paid a heavy price for following the dictates of his conscience: he was suspended from his post and villified by his former friends.

Yet his decision to expose the murky goings-on in the Commission continues to reverberate around the corridors of power in Brussels - and in particular in the office of Neil Kinnock, the Commissioner charged with overseeing reform.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Politicos Pub (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902301463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902301464
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,384,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul van Buitenen is an official with the European Commission. He rose to prominence in 1998 when he blew the whistle on fraudulent activity among European Commission officials and commissioners. As a result the entire Commission was forced to resign. He lives in Brussels with his wife and two children.

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