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". Contrary to what has been claimed by Mrs Grossetête and those who have spoken after her, Parliament is fully entitled to exercise its right to censure the Commission, which has proved itself incapable either of keeping tabs on fraud within its bodies or of finding those responsible for the Eurostat scandal – itself no small matter in view of the three accounts used in respect of contracts awarded to Eurocost, a body incorporated under Luxembourg law, concealment of funds; false invitations to tender to the benefit of one company, Eurogramme, which was also incorporated in Luxembourg; the falsification of turnover, and fictitious staff. That is how the Commission compiles its statistics! Refusing to censure it amounts to covering up such errors and gives the impression that the rules of financial transparency must not apply to European institutions. This latest scandal reveals the Commission’s fundamental inability to combat the corruption that affects its services. After the Commission under Jacques Santer was censured, a zero tolerance approach was announced, along with the establishment of OLAF – (the European Anti-Fraud Office). After the Commission under Romano Prodi was censured, we were told that there would be radical reforms to OLAF, as if fraud were caused by the means used to measure it. In reality, it is the way the Commission works that must be reformed."@en1

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