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BROWN WANTS A FRAUD INSPECTOR TO CURB WASTE AND CORRUPTION IN THE EU

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Chancellor Gordon Brown is to propose the appointment of an independent fraud commissioner to monitor spending with...
Chancellor Gordon Brown is to propose the appointment of an independent fraud commissioner to monitor spending within the European Union, reports The Guardian (p7).

Mr Brown is to unveil the proposal at the first meeting of Ecofin, comprising of the EU's finance ministers, since Germany took over the EU presidency on January 1.

The move follows the fraud row which engulfed the European Commission last week after commissioners were accused of mismanging the EU's£60bn-a-year budget.

The proposed 'fraud buster' would be given powers to investigate alleged corruption and would report to both the European parliament and the EC. The new post would be similar to the role played by the comptroller and auditor general in Whitehall.
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