Before the Reform chapter is finally closed, it would be nice for EC Vice President Neil Kinnock to consider an amendment on the procedure of Administrative Inquiries (Enquete Administrative). Such inquiries should have a deadline otherwise they become a tool in the hands of those who know how to manipulate administrative “holes.” Indeed, there is a case where a functionary, when realised that she would be most probably the subject of investigation on a specific matter concerning controls over a substantial amount of subsidies, provoked an Enquete Administrative against herself, in March 2001. Earlier this year, a Member of the European Parliament placed a question on the subject and the European Commission, correctly, replied that on the matter there is an administrative inquiry going on. Now, we are in the month of September of Anno Domini 2002 and the Enquete Administrative is still going on. Last month, the same MEP placed another question on the same subject and I understand that if he gets the same kind of reply he got in his first question, the issue will be included in the list of things the Commission should do in order to get the Budget Discharge next January.
I am confident that both Vice Presidents of the European Commission will do what ever they feel proper to settle this graceless situation thus adding to the credibility of the Commission and transparency of the Administration: The First by adopting the proposed amendment and the Second by doing whatever must be done, right here and right now!(659)