• As the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg was drawing to a close and MEPs rushed off to get back to their constituencies, the European Commission picked this opportune time to release a devastating report that made an astonishing claim: more cases of ‘irregularities’ are being detected because greater controls are in place.
This is the worst kind of spin from the European Commission. It seeks to dress up failure in a mantle of success.
Irregularities – or fraud to give it its proper title – is on the rise because the Commission still does not have adequate checks in place to prevent it. Not all their money can be properly accounted for. The failure of the Court of Auditors to give their accounts a clean bill of health for almost two decades attests to this.
It is, in my view, the worst sort of deception to try and pretend otherwise.