The case of the EC Chief Accountant Mrs. Marta Adreausen who claims she discovered loops in the bookkeeping system of the European Commission which may leave room for fraud, is taking momentum in Brussels. The Budgetary Committee of the European Parliament decided to listen to the claims of Mrs Adreausen and invited her to testify. This, we feel is rather exaggerated because it only offers opportunities for publicity since a written testimony or a statement before the Petitions Committee would be sufficient.
However, it is not for sure that there will eventually be a testimony because Mrs. Adreausen was asked to present her case in written before she testifies and since she refused so far to put something in writing, no date for the hiring has been set.
If and when the issue will come to the Parliament and if it assumes political dimensions, responsibilities will be certainly attributed to her former boss, Budget Commissioner Mrs. Michaele Schreyer (German, Green) not because she was the one to hire her but on the grounds that she is responsible for the Budget bookkeeping of the Commission and therefore she should have acted since years. In this case, since the bookkeeping is not a collective political responsibility of the Commission but simply the responsibility of one specific Commissioner, this specific Commissioner will have to resign before is sacked by the Parliament.
Such a development, will give the opportunity to German Councelor Gerhard Shroeder, who’s SPD party got practically same number of votes with CDU party, to invite CDU to take the position of the second German Commissioner.
Germany is the only among the big countries with two Commissioners that has both Commissioners coming from the ruling coalition. In all other cases, i.e. UK, France, Italy and Spain, one Commissioner comes from the ruling parties and one from the leading opposition party. (680)