'A devastating internal report has revealed that Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has been blighted by fraud and harassment.
Staff working at the Commission President’s vast Brussels ‘civil service’ have been sanctioned for a litany of offences, including producing false invoices to pay family members, faking medical expenses and attempting to award contracts to relatives.
Yet just three officials were sacked for misconduct in 2018, with a further seven demoted for bad behaviour. There were also 14 cases of harassment reported last year.
Ironically, one of the few officials sanctioned was stripped of their senior title for sharing embarrassing Commission documents with a newspaper.
A second official was sacked after they were convicted of ‘professional extortion and passive bribery’ and another was fired for ‘aggressive and threatening’ behaviour. In other incidents, one employee was caught negotiating a contract with ‘a company run by his family’, while another was caught ‘providing paid consultancy for an external company’ while also working for the Commission for ‘a number of years’.
Other staff members working at the Commission’s huge Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels simply failed to turn up to work or went ‘administratively rogue’ within the building.
False invoices were created for medical bills and an official was caught charging the Commission for ‘physiotherapy sessions performed by a member of his family’ – but kept his job despite a demotion.
The rap sheet has been revealed under freedom of information requests to the European Commission’s Internal Disciplinary Committee. Its annual report for last year showed that of 77 cases reported to the oversight body, 18 arose from allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’, 14 were ‘irregular declarations’ around money and expenses and a further 14 were cases of ‘harassment’.
The body closed 65 cases last year, with three people sacked and seven demoted.'
Read more: Juncker's Brussels HQ is riddled with fraud, harassment and rogue workers yet only three officials were sacked last year, damning report reveals
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