Tuesday, January 12, 1999 Published at 20:32 GMT
Pressure rises for Santer
Mr Santer (right) has been meeting with commissioners over the growing crisis
The largest group in the European Parliament has said Commission President Jacques Santer will have to resign if any of his team are singled out over fraud allegations.
The Liberal and Christian Democrat groups have tabled resolutions calling for the two commissioners to stand down.
Parliament is due to vote on a censure motion on Thursday. Under EU rules, it only has powers to sack the entire Commission, rather than single out individuals.
On Tuesday, the Commission was locked in talks over how to defuse the situation. Mr Santer earlier proposed a code of conduct to ensure officials do not show favouritism.
One MEP said the Commission's position was increasingly like that of rats on a sinking ship.
She said: "I would resign if I had made some mistakes but I am waiting for the proof of those mistakes."
She said she was "quite ready to open all the books" to answer the accusations against her and would take responsibility for any mistakes she had made, but would first like to see the list of allegations against her.
She said she would then agree to answer all the accusations against her "point by point".
She also acknowledged that the growing workload of the Commission has meant work has been increasingly delegated to outside organisations, which are more difficult to control than internal bodies.
"It is difficult to work with different administrative cultures," she said.
"Sometimes there's a sort of misunderstanding of how is it working ... Things are never clear enough when it's an enormous organisation working a lot, doing a lot of things."