'Unfinished business': Sacked fraud-buster MEP to apply for OLAF Director General vacancyRelated:
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• The chief accountant who was sacked for blowing the whistle on fraud of EU Funds has said she will apply for the vacancy of head of OLAF which was advertised today. OLAF is the European Anti-Fraud Office.
UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen, who was dismissed from her top post as EU Chief Accountant ("budget execution director and accounting officer") after drawing attention to the potential of widescale fraud of EU taxpayers' money in 2005, said today, "I have unfinished business with the EU. They would not allow me to clear up EU Fraud of taxpayers money in 2002, so today I will apply for the head post of OLAF. I will investigate and bring in proper accounting standards. I want to put an end to the politically motivated hiding of serious financial fraud.
"I will make OLAF investigations truly independent and effiicent. If the EU wants to send a signal to the taxpayers of Europe that they want to stop abuse and financial irregularities then what better way to show this by hiring me for the job?
"Today I challenge them to hire a straight shooter, and await their response."
Marta Andreasen is currently a member of the Budgetary Control Committee in the European Parliament. In 2009 she wrote the book 'Brussels laid bare', in which she relates her experiences as the EU's chief accountant, leading to her dismissal for standing up for European taxpayers.
(European Commission briefing, 9 April 2010)