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EU: Popular Myths

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Statement by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 20 November (WS 18), what are the “popular myths about fraud and corruption in the European Union” dispelled by the House of Lords European Union Select Committee's report on Financial Management and Fraud in the European Union (HL Paper 270, Session 2005-06). [HL401]

The summary of conclusions (Chapter 7) to this House's European Union Committee report Financial Management and Fraud in the European Union (HL Paper 270-I) states at paragraph 145:

“Our investigation was not presented with any evidence of a culture of corruption in the Commission”.

At paragraph 146, the report states:

“We recognise that a lack of a positive Statement of Assurance does not necessarily indicate that high levels of fraudulent or corrupt transactions have taken place”.

Paragraph 160 states:

“During our inquiry we heard considerable evidence on the Commission's financial management. None of that evidence supports the allegation that there is a significant element of corruption within the Commission”.

Paragraph 166 states:

“We are generally satisfied with the Commission's procedures and reporting requirements on debt waivers. We see no evidence of the ‘ruthless exploitation’ of the procedures that some have suggested”.